Aruba – Minister de Meza welcomes Philips with innovative projects

ORANJESTAD – Minister of Economic Affairs, Communications, Utilities and Energy, Minister Mike de Meza met with representatives of Philips this past Friday. The meeting was also attended by Minister of Integration, Infrastructure and Urban Planning, Minister Benny Sevinger and representatives from the energy sector of Aruba. “In April of 2014, the Government of Aruba signed a Memorandum of Innovation with Philips,” Minister Mike de Meza explained.

Today we welcome the representatives of Philips who will put the procedures in place to start the first cycle of the project.”

The Memorandum of Innovation between the Government of Aruba and Philips was signed last year opening new doors to endless possibilities and opportunities. Philips will work together with Aruba with the introduction of innovation that will contribute to the increase of efficiency and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels based energy in Aruba, specifically in the area of indoor and outdoor lighting. The execution of the Memorandum of Innovation complements the work that is currently taking place in connection with the government’s inversion plan that will include urban planning, infrastructure, energy and revitalization of the elderly homes and neighborhoods. “Philips will align itself with the group of strategic partners of Aruba,” Minister de Meza stated in his energy announcement on Friday.

The recent meeting was to discuss the two cycles of the Memorandum of Innovation, first the indoor lighting for government buildings and second the lighting of iconic landmarks. Philips has made a thorough study of the lighting needs and how Aruba can use electricity more efficiently. Minister de Meza explained “the multinational company has presented its plans for the complete process to retrofit government buildings with a focus of considerably lowering the use of electricity for lighting.”

The specific ionic landmarks that will be lit by Philips’ outdoor technology will be the “Welcome Plaza” at the Wharf in Oranjestad and “Plaza Padu” behind the government offices in the historic section of downtown.
Philips will introduce a more efficient technology for the government buildings that will result in a significant reduction in costs and the amount of electricity used to light these buildings. “In theory, what the government will save in reduced costs for lighting the buildings will finance the lighting projects of both ionic landmarks already mentioned,” Minister de Meza explained. Philips’ mission is to improve the quality of life of Aruba’s citizens through innovation which is also highlighted in the Memorandum of Innovation of the projects and is currently underway.

The Memorandum of Innovation identifies four areas that have been meticulously investigated over the past year. The intent of Philips’ investigation is to become a strategic partner with Aruba in the reduction of the use of energy and to contribute and support Aruba’s commitment to become 100% independent from the use of fossil fuels to produce electricity and water by 2020.

These project plans, together with Philips support and program management, will further highlight Aruba as a leader in the region for companies to showcase and introduce their innovative products as exemplified by Philips’ center of excellence for future development and as a location open to testing sustainable products and practices.

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