Belize

Welcome to Belize

National Flag of Belize

Belize is a small, developing state located in Central America and is bordered to the north by Mexico, the south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. It is the only country in Central America where English is an official language, with Spanish being widely spoken. It has an area of 8,867 square miles (22,960 km²) of territory and 301,270 people (2008 EST.) The country is a member of CARICOM, Organization of American States and the Association of Caribbean States, among others.

 

In 2003, the National Energy Plan Project estimated that Belize acquired energy from four main sources, these were, imported fossil fuels, biomass (traditional biomass and bagasse) at 26%, hydropower at 3% and imported electricity. Other indigenous energy sources include solar and wind. Belize is the only of two oil-producing countries in Central America, averaging 2,500barrels per day (bbl/d), for the first 10 months of 2006.

 

Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) are not new to Belize with its abundant natural resources. About sixty percent (60%) of Belize is forested, with only about twenty percent (20%) of the country’s land subject to human uses (such settlements). Belize’s biodiversity is rich, both marine and terrestrial, with a host of flora and fauna, many rivers and mahogany and logwood forests.  In 2003, an Energy Committee was established to develop policy recommendations. From these recommendations a Green Paper/ Draft Energy Policy was completed.

 

Some Achievements:


  • -Chalilo Dam & Hydropower Station
  • -Hydro Maya
  • -Vaca Hydroelectric Facility
  • -Mollejon Hydroelectric Facility
  • -San Benito Porte Village PV Electrification

 

 

CIPORE Focal Point Office

Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment
Belmopan City,
Belize
General Office: Belmopan
Tel:  501-822-2249/822-2711/822-2232/822-2226/822-2307/822-2626
Fax: 501-822-2333/822-2083

Email: support@cipore.org

Fast Facts

  • Capital: Belmopan
  • Official Languages: English
  • Demonym: Belizean
  • Government: Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
  • Independence: 21 September 1981
  • Area: 22,966 km2 /8,867 sq mi
  • Population: 320,000 (est. 2008)
  • Currency: Belize dollar

RE Snapshot

  • RE Interests: Biomass, hydropower, solar, wind
  • RE Target: Not Yet Announced (NYA)
  • Utility Company: Belize Electricity Limited (BEL)
  • RE in Grid Supply: Hydropower, Bagasse Cogeneration and Solar
  • Energy Institutions: Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), Belize Electricity Company Ltd. (BECOL), the Belize Biogas Office, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Belize Sugar Industries (BSI), the Belize Cogeneration Energy (Belcogen), a subsidiary of BSI and the Belize Citrus Company.

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