Andrew Wheatley, Jamaica’s Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, stated that Eight Rivers Energy has broken ground on a 37MW, US$60 million PV project at Paradise Park, Westmoreland, Jamaica.
The installation, which is expected to be completed within a year, will be Jamaica’s largest PV project once operational.
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Wheatley noted that with Eight Rivers selling energy at US8.53 US cents per kilowatt hour to the Jamaica Public Service, this project will allow Jamaica to spur its energy diversification efforts.
Wheatley said: “Where we are, ladies and gentlemen, we are on the right trajectory to ensure that we not only supply residential customers, but the productive sector as well [with] affordable energy. It is what is going to actually fuel growth.
“Energy fuels growth and, as a ministry, we have a responsibility to ensure that we provide the energy sector with not only clean energy, but affordable energy.”
The PV project is being developed by IPP Neoen, with the company set to own a 50% stake in the solar installation. The remaining 50% of the project will be owned by Rekamniar.