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Electricity up North #119496
03/21/06 07:15 AM
03/21/06 07:15 AM
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Radish Offline OP
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Does anyone know if there are plans for electricity on the north part of the island (15-18 miles north of San Pedro)?

Thank you

Re: Electricity up North #119497
03/21/06 07:46 AM
03/21/06 07:46 AM
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Not until developers are prepared to finance the power system.

Re: Electricity up North #119498
03/21/06 08:43 AM
03/21/06 08:43 AM
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Corona Steve Offline
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I will be down tomorrow, and plan on talking to the people in power, and try and get more answers, as we await electricity in Habaneros.
Also plan on taking cart across bridge and all way north to where power is, and check for signs of progress, as some have stated is happening.
Our area needs elect. and a road North, to think about doing any more to property, which would include some hand clearing of lots.

Re: Electricity up North #119499
03/21/06 08:51 AM
03/21/06 08:51 AM
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San Pedro
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Who are the "people in power"?
BEL (power co.) is not prepared to make capital investments to extend power on their own. Investor/developers must be prepared to fund the work.

Re: Electricity up North #119500
03/21/06 09:30 AM
03/21/06 09:30 AM
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Jacksonville Florida
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some areas south of town still don't have power.

Re: Electricity up North #119501
03/21/06 05:24 PM
03/21/06 05:24 PM
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Nor paved roads, nor enough classrooms, nor sewers, nor water and on and on...

Why not start a drive to bring our infrastucture in town up to speed before catering to those who bought land knowing full well there was no road or power?

Re: Electricity up North #119502
03/21/06 06:03 PM
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Beautiful San Marcos, Texas
Ernie B Offline
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Gun Control is Hitting Your Target.
Re: Electricity up North #119503
03/21/06 09:47 PM
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Re: Electricity up North #119504
03/22/06 07:08 AM
03/22/06 07:08 AM
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San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
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It has been explained to me (by a man who built and owned power plans world-wide, who owned property on the caye, and who knows the president of the Canadian company that built teh recent hydro dam in Cayo) several practical elements related to expansion of power service here --- I hope I am able to explain it properly --- here is a try:
An essential part of the power supply for AC and northern Belize is the power we buy from the Mexican grid. The Mexican grid also supplies the rapidly growing Costa Maya. As the needs of the Mexican deveopments grow, the available power for Mexico to sell to Belize will diminish.

From a personal and practical standpoint, having run power lines ourselves about 8 or 9 years ago ............ we and a neighbor paid $50,000 US (we wplit the cost 50-50) to run poles and lines 1 mile. None of the neighboring properties felt they needed power ((most were vacant lots) so they did not participate in the cost. As homes were built, they tapped into these power lines without any participation in the cost to bring the lines to area. There was no program by BEL to reimburse us when service was installed to others. I believe that now there is such a plan (for reimbursement) but I believe that the ones wanting the power are still the ones who have to pay for it initially.
My friend said that there must be booster stations along the way (if you are headed to Habaneros and points north). Of course you need some land for these stations too.

So - to expand power service, here is more or less what it takes:
1. Survey a route for the poles, understanding that there are may be swampy spots along the way where it is almost impossible to get a good set for a pole in the ground. (sometimes we have power outages in the north because in rainy season poles near the cut just fall down due to water-saturated earth)
2. Bush-wack the whole route; about 40 feet wide - taking down all trees and other things that could interfere with the poles and lines.
3. buy land for a booster station - build the booster station
4. buy and install those lines

If you are making an installation of 1/2 a mile, it's not so hard to get this together, especially since you don't a need a booster station. The question of making a project that expands service several miles is another thing altogether. Can it be done - probably. Will it be done ---- probably one day.
If it were done today would there be sufficient current for an increased use-load on the power supply------ this is the biggest question of all, and the answer may be no.
I know that conditions may have changed since my electric expert friend explained this to me --- but if I had a substantial parcel of land located several miles north of the existing power lines, I would be looking hard at a combo of generator and alternative energy sources for my daily life.
If I had land far north that I held for investment, I would relax and know that one day in the future, the power will arrive - My guess is that when money, supply and demand reach a critical mass, it will be installed - but probably not before.

Re: Electricity up North #119505
03/22/06 07:52 AM
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SimonB Offline

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The difference between CS and myself is that I DON'T have any self interest. None of the above will change my life but it will certainly make things better for the greater community instead of the small few who feel that taxpayer money should be spent on themselves.

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