As part of its efforts to develop a resilient electricity supply network for Dominica, the government of France through the Agence Française de Développement(AFD), has given positive consideration to a request from the government of Dominica for assistance in this regard.
According to His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Vince Henderson, Dominica’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States, the AFD is making a sum of EUR 2 million to the government of Dominica which will go towards making our electricity service more robust and able to withstand the devastating effects of tropical cyclones or other natural events.
“The AFD has agreed to provide us with EUR 2 million to assist us to develop a master plan for building a resilient electricity sector. They have also agreed to finance the feasibility study for the under grounding of cables from Fond Cole to Sugar Loaf,” he revealed.
Additionally, these funds will be used to support the Independent Regulatory Commission and the Geo-thermal energy development program.
Ambassador Henderson reported that the European Union (EU) is among two other international agencies supporting Dominica’s efforts at building resilience in the electricity sector.
Under the EU envelope of assistance, some EUR 2.7 million will to go towards the provision of alternative (Solar Photovoltaic with batteries solar PV) energy at key government essential services. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will also provide technical support through grant funding in support of the program whilst the World Bank has already committed US 7 million dollars for Dominica’s efforts at building resilience in the energy sector.