Wigton Windfarm to undergo further expansion
The Government is to undertake further expansion of the Wigton Windfarm in Rose Hill, Manchester, which should result in the reduction of 37,100 barrels of imported oil, and savings of $400 million.
State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Mining and Energy Julian Robinson said along with the reduction in oil consumption, the expanded facility will produce 63,072 Megawatt hours per year.
"The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), is also collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture on biofuels research to identify plants that can be cultivated locally ,which can be converted into fuels," he said, while delivering the opening address at a two-day PCJ Alternative Energy Expo, held on Monday at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston.
"This would have positive implications for our farmers, who would have new income earning opportunities, and for players in our transport sector, who would have a more affordable alternative to imported fuel," the junior minister added.
Robinson told the audience that in its quest to promote alternative energy, the Government in 2012, removed General Consumption Tax (GCT), from renewable energy systems, and in 2013, suspended the Common External Tariff on selected pieces of machinery and equipment commonly used in the industry.
"The role of energy in Jamaica's social development and economic progression cannot be overstated, so where there is competition, let us ensure that there is collaboration. If there is disagreement, let us ensure there is resolution, because our common future depend on our ability to adequately address the issue of energy security," he said.
The expo provided exposure for local and international alternative energy providers to demonstrate the latest and emerging energy efficiency products designed to reduce energy usage.