【source】AG Antigua and Barbuda《The Daidy Observer》
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Original source:Antigua and Barbuda "The Daidy Observor" Reports
Government and Chinese officials during the street light hand over ceremony. (OBSERVER media photo)
The government has received 2,000 solar 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 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 that the latest donation will be powered exclusively by sunlight,which is a very important intervention in the fossil fuel reliance.Six lights have already been installed along the Lauchland Benjamin Drive,and will later be installed around major roadways.To date,China has presented Antigua with 1,867 metal street lights and Gongping said the older lights will be upgraded in keeping with energy efficiency.“China is vigorously making ecological endeavours to promote green grown,China leads the world in energy conservation and the utilization of new and renewable energy.Climate change is a global hot topic,it influences everyone,it will deeply change the world and bring the expected risks and Antigua&Barbuda is among the most threatened countries,”Gongping said.The lights are accompanied by individual batteries that are charged by the sun during the day.Gabinet members were present for the handing over ceremony,including utilities minister Sir Robin Yearwood.