PCJ to implement $62-m solar PV project in 15 schools

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Fifteen schools and three Government agencies should see considerable reduction in their energy bills after the installation of Solar PV systems by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).

The project is estimated to cost more than $62 million.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM), Julian Robinson announced that Cabinet has approved the projects and contracts should be signed in short order.

“Collectively, the 18 Solar PV Systems which will be installed should provide 232 kilowatts peak power which equates to about 344,000 Kilowatt hours per year. This will result in savings of more than $16 million per year on the public sector energy bill,” Robinson said.

“In addition, the systems are grid tied, allowing the benefitting institutions to earn revenue by generating electricity to sell back to the grid,” he added.

The benefitting institutions are Ardenne High; Clarendon College; Dinthill Technical High School; Glenmuir High School; Hampton School for Girls; Kingston High School; Munro College; Norman Manley High School; Old Harbour High School; Rose Hill Primary School; St Catherine High School; St Elizabeth Technical High School; St Hugh’s High School; Vere Technical  High School; Wolmer’s Girls’ School; The Scientific Research Council; The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM); and The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.

Robinson explained that the schools were selected “in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and priority was assigned based on assessments of the level of energy consumption of the schools as well as the viability of solar solutions”.

He was speaking at the Awards Ceremony for the PCJ Schools Energy Programme held on Friday (June 27) at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.

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