China delivers LED street lights

Government and Chinese officials during the street light hand over ceremony. (OBSERVER media photo)

The government has received 2,000 LED street lamps, a $9 million gift from the People’s Republic of China.

Ambassador Ren Gongping did the official handing over at the Office of the Prime Minister, yesterday, as Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the country continues to work on reducing its carbon footprint.

“Later in the year we hope to introduce an additional US $15 million in alternate energy application both wind and solar and this will be funded by the ARENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) initiative. I know the minister of health and the environment has signed off on that and that the funds should become available later down in the year.

“Antigua & Barbuda is making a significant push,” Browne said.

He noted that the 33-year relationship with China continues to produce rewards for the nation as the people and government of China continue to be a partner to developing countries.

Browne said the latest donation will be powered exclusively by sunlight, which is a very important intervention in the fossil fuel reliance.

(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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