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Workshop to explore options for wind energy use

Wednesday, July 11, 2012    

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THE Wigton Windfarm will on Friday look on aspects of wind energy at a workshop, in keeping with government's plan to expand the use of renewable energy.

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), of which Wigton is a subsidiary, said the workshop will explore various options for maximising the development of wind energy in Jamaica.

It is being staged in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology.

"This workshop is part of Wigton's efforts to develop local expertise in the field of wind energy and also to share information on Jamaica's wind energy potential," said Earl Barrett, Wigton's general manager. "We will be examining aspects of the findings of the Inter-American Development Banks' Wind Resource Assessment Programme which will give us very valuable information about future wind energy projects," he added.

The Wind Resource Assessment Programme is an initiative which is being implemented under a January 2010 agreement between the IDB and the PCJ. The programme became operational in September 2010 and is expected to run until 2013.

Wigton has targeted energy professionals, university students, real estate developers and contractors as well as researchers for participation in the workshop.

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