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80 solar LED lights for Manzanilla stretch

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Friday, July 20, 2018
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From left, Mayaro MP Rushton Paray, Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte, councilor for the area Brinsely Maharaj, chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Terry Rondon and T&TEC general manager Kelvin Ramsook applaud as the lights were switched on. Photo by:RALPH BANWARIE

Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte has appealed to both domestic and commercial customers to conserve electricity and invest in solar technology so the country can become more energy efficient and save money.

Le Hunte made this appeal at the commissioning ceremony of 80 solar LED lights by Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) along the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road on Wednesday.

He said the project, which is optimising the use of our resources, whether it be energy or water resources, will enable more people to benefit from the sustainable use of these resources over a longer period of time.

He added for the Ministry of Public Utilities to reap the desired benefits, every Borough, Regional Corporation, village, every sector, institution and organisation must work together to turn off the lights, televisions, fans and air condition units when leaving a room.

Le Hunte said some of these interventions have an impact on the amount of electricity citizens use “and more significantly on the amount of natural gas burnt to produce electricity. Which is where, as a country, the really big benefits kick in.”

The minister said if citizens conserve electricity on a national level, it will result in less gas being used and T&TEC would have a significantly lower gas bill.

In addition, the National Gas Company would be able to sell that excess gas on the international market at three times the price, which will benefit NGC and the national treasury as well.

Le Hunte said T&TEC will soon be installing similar solar LED lights along the Priority Bus Route from Mt Hope to Farm Road, in St Joseph.

T&TEC also plans over the next five years to install LED lights in popular areas in Port-of-Spain, San Fernando, along the highways and the Eastern and Southern Main Roads.

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