Greenheart Tree Energy eyes solar development in Guyana

Canadian firm Greenheart Tree Energy is looking to develop solar farms in Guyana. The company may also establish solar panel assembly plants in the South American country.

Greenheart Tree representatives announced their intentions to government ministers on a recent visit to the country. Guyanese President David Granger has stated that the nation’s new government was committed to a green economy.

Greenheart Tree said its primary goal was to establish solar farms in Guyana but indicated it was also interested in setting up PV panel assembly plants in the country. The company noted Guyana’s great potential for solar energy.

Greenheart Tree presented proposals outlining target projects to government ministers, according to Guyana’s Government Information Agency (GINA). While the report did not provide details of the plans, GINA said “targets were clearly introduced, from the selection of sites right up to operation and maintenance.”

Greenheart Tree Energy CEO Esmonde Klass said, “Our company was developed with the aim of serving Guyana and we’re keeping that as our primary focus.” The company would also seek to improve the technical skills of Guyanese workers in the hopes of boosting long-term employment, Klass added.

David Patterson, Guyana’s minister of Public Infrastructure, said the country had begun to take the necessary steps to harness its renewable energy potential and that companies would soon be able to bid for projects.

“This administration is one that prefers green energy,” Patterson said. “There has been tremendous interest from stakeholders for a green economy and we are committed to doing, at the end of the day, what’s best for our energy consumers.”