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OAS, Sustainable Indigenous Energy production and use in the lands used by the Trio and Wayana peoples in the Suriname-Brazil border, 2006

OAS, Sustainable Indigenous Energy production and use in the lands used by the Trio and Wayana peoples in the Suriname-Brazil border, 2006

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• In order to make good estimations of material needs and to plan installation or reparation
activities in the village it is recommended to create a map of existing buildings and
infrastructure prior to the initiation of these projects.
• The possible electricity demand of Kwamalasamutu depends very much on the energy
demand package required per each household. The population size and growth, number
of habited houses, the specific energy requirement of the appliances used and use profile;
all are factors influencing the energy demand in the village. More detail analysis is
required on these matters.
• Financial scheme is important, to be integrated into other economical and income
generating activities. These activities may provide some basic financial conditions for
survival of a new energy supply system.
• The government could subsidize the flights to and from Kwamalasamutu and other
isolated villages in the South of Suriname in order to give them a chance to export their
cultivated or crafted products and gradually become self sustaining. The greatest
limitation for development of economical activities in the isolated regions is that the
supply and export of materials, goods or services are too costly and not frequent enough
to make economical activities feasible.
• There are studies done that show that diesel-PV hybrid systems may operate better than
single type systems and that the costs may result to be lower. To be able to perform a
hybrid system study more financial and technical data is required, also in many occasions
energy models are used to dimension the optimal hybrid system, which was not at
disposal in this study.
• In later stages of this project one has to design a fee structure. To create this fee structure
issues as defining an affordable basic rate has to be tackled. Also the scaled rate for
premium needs. Determine who pays for community power needs and how do local
business pay for electricity service.
• Also the composition of management and office personnel to coordinate and monitor the
electricity services has to be determined. One should think of choosing a method of
selection of personnel. The people will need training in administrative and financial
matters to know how the money has to be handled.
• Also maintenance personnel will need to be created. They will have to receive technical
training and a system of compensation is needed. Maintenance schedules are important to
coordinate the maintenance activities.

Author: K.H. de Cuba

Department of Sustainable Development
The Organization of American States (DSD/OAS)

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Author: K.H. de Cuba

Department of Sustainable Development
The Organization of American States (DSD/OAS)

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