The entire country of Belize experienced a power outage on the eve of its Independence Day celebrations for about an hour (almost two in some areas) and people were kept wondering if their festivities were going to be left in the dark. But one street corner on Ambergris Caye, Belize was kept pretty well lit up courtesy of a recently installed street solar light.
The corner intersection at the San Pedro Tropic Air’s terminal building stayed brightly lit during this weekend’s power outage due to the island’s first solar-powered street light that was installed in collaboration with Sky Renewable (Tropic Air’s Greif brothers Gary, Johnny and Max) and Area Representative Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr.; it was installed by Medina’s Construction.
Gary Greif commented to Ambergris Today that hopefully it’s the first of many to come for Ambergris Caye which could be a great project to light darker areas of the community that very much need it.
As for the power outage, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) apologized for the unplanned power interruption which impacted Independence Eve festivities nationwide on Saturday, September 20, 2014. At 8:18 p.m., Belize’s power supply was interrupted when a system trip occurred on Mexico’s 230kV line, which provides power to Belize. Mexico’s CFE has reported to BEL that the fault on their system was caused by a malfunctioning reactor.