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Jamaicans Awarded Net Billing Licences – Can now sell power to JPS
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Jamaicans Awarded Net Billing Licences – Can now sell power to JPS

A total of 11 individuals and companies have been approved by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), to supply excess energy to the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS). The group, which include residential and commercial customers, were presented with net billing licences by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, during a meeting of the Jamaica Energy Council at Jamaica House, in St. Andrew. The licence gives approval to individuals or companies that generate their own energy through the use of renewable sources, such as wind turbines or solar systems, to sell their excess electricity to the light and power company. Mr. Paulwell informed that a twelfth application is still under review. The new licences will provide up to 100 kilowatts of energy to the...
Jamaica and other CARICOM countries to benefit from green energy projects
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Jamaica and other CARICOM countries to benefit from green energy projects

At least four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are to benefit from US$600 million in financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Central America and the Caribbean over the next five years. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will also contribute funds towards the projects. The framework agreement was signed during the IDB’s annual meeting on Friday between IDB president Luis Albert Moreno and JICA senior special advisor Hiroto Arakawa. The IDB said that Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Suriname will benefit from the JICA financing as well as the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. “For more than 30 years, Japan has been a great partner of the IDB and, in particular, ...
Jamaica Government Committed to LNG Project
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Jamaica Government Committed to LNG Project

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, has reiterated the Government’s intention to continue the LNG project started under the previous administration. Under the project, LNG will be supplied to the government and construction of an LNG Floating Storage and Re-gasification Terminal will be undertaken. Addressing a recent energy forum put on by the American Chamber of Commerce, (AMCHAM), the Minister said the work of the Steering Committee would continue and that talks are being held with potential bidders who are now working to complete the process. Emphasising that every effort is being made to complete the project by 2014. Mr. Paulwell said the Government is committed to reducing the country’s energy cost and to pursue more renewable sources of...
Solamon Energy Corporation to build Large Solar Farm in Jamaica
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Solamon Energy Corporation to build Large Solar Farm in Jamaica

The Toronto-based Solamon Energy Corporation says it plans to build the largest solar power plant in the Caribbean. The solar company said that the programme, to be built in Jamaica, will cost in the region of CAN$450 million or US$444.2 million. When completed, the farm will "enhance and improve the nation's energy infrastructure, as well as serve as a beacon to attract additional investment in the ICT (Information Communications Technology) and greentech sectors." A residential solar installer in Maryland is finding that more and more residents are turning towards green energy as it's good for the environment and their pockets. Solamon's senior vice president, Ainsley Brown, said the farm would represent one of the region's first strategic private-public partnerships. "In order to impl...
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National Electricity Policy coming

Senior Director of Energy in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Fitzroy Vidal,   has informed that the Ministry is currently working on a national electricity policy. Speaking at a panel discussion on Jamaica's energy future, held on November 10 (more…)
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Wigton Windfarm Developing Industry

Over the next 3 years, the Wigton Windfarm Limited (Wigton) is hoping to transform its Resource Centre into a high tech training facility for renewable energy, with the aim of developing local capacity and expertise in the industry. (more…)
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PCJ Energy Seminars a big hit

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) says its energy conservation seminars, being held across the island, have been successful in heightening awareness of topical issues surrounding energy use. The organisation's Group (more…)
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Energy Saving Program for Public Sector

The Government is in discussions with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on financing for a US$13 million energy saving programme for the public sector, projected to start this year. An energy audit has identified potential (more…)
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World Bank Project for Energy Efficiency

Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. James Robertson, says US$2.5 million is being provided through the World Bank's World Energy Security and Efficiency Project, to drive improvements in energy efficiency within the private sector (more…)
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Oil Exploration Licences on Offer

Jamaican officials are confident that with new seismic data showing very positive prospects, the country could, in the long term, become one of the region's top oil producers. Jamaica formally offered nineteen offshore and four onshore (more…)