JPS on target to change 6,000 street lights in St James

BY HORACE HINES
Sunday Observer staff reporter
hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says it is on target to replace 6,000 street lights in St James with LEDs by the end of this year.

According to Wayne Jackson, the newly appointed JPS manager for the parishes of St James and Hanover, the replacement is part of the company's islandwide initiative to replace 110,000 street lights.

There are 11,000 street lights in St James. “Currently we are planning to change 6,000 street lights in St James by the end of the year, while we still repair the other lights,” Jackson told the Jamaica Observer.

He noted that the replacement exercise, which kicked off earlier this month in St James, is now in high gear and will eventually start in the bordering parish of Hanover.

Jackson noted that the new lights will be smart LEDs and will be much more efficient than the high-pressure sodium bulbs that they will replace.

“These LEDs will tell you when they are out. Therefore, the challenge the customers used to face when a light would be out and it takes some time for it to be reported, or it takes some time for us to get there, will no longer be the case,” Jackson said, adding, “And imagine again, these lights will be a part of a smart grid technology.”

He underscored that one of his goals is to “leverage smart technology to improve the lives of people living in St James and Hanover”.

Meanwhile, Jackson, a graduate of Ferncourt High School who started his tenure at the light and power company in an apprenticeship programme in St Ann in 1997, has vowed to foster a good relationship with JPS customers in the two parishes for which he now has responsibility.

“My intention is to see how best we can improve the communication, improve the relations with these communities,” he said, adding that he intends to guarantee that all commitments made on the company's behalf are honoured.

“I want to be remembered in the future as one of those persons who supported and improved on our commitment to our customers,” Jackson said.

“When I look at St James and Hanover, I think I would want to leave a legacy as somebody who improved the lives of the people that we serve. And when I say improve the lives, I mean for them to see JPS as being a reliable entity.”

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