Georgetown, Guyana --- (METERING.COM) --- January 24, 2013 - Guyana state utility Guyana Power & Light is to rollout an initial deployment of smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure from Itron and Tanatalus.

The solution, of which this is the first international joint project since the two companies announced an alliance in late 2011, combines Itron’s SENTINEL® and CENTRON® electricity meters as well as its electric, gas and water ERT modules with Tantalus’ TUNet® communications network. As such the solution accommodates smart metering, demand response and distribution automation.

“We found that the Tantalus/Itron partnership offered us the best overall package that provided us with a reliable, future-proof, cost effective path to smart metering and other applications,” said Kumar Sharma, divisional director – loss reduction for GPL. “We look forward to getting this project underway as we continue to increase the efficiency and functionality of our electricity grid over the coming years.”

The project will be a part of the Sustainable Operations of the Energy Sector and Improve Quality of Service (GY-L1037) program, which is financed by Guyana’s government through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank and GPL.