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Milestone agreement signed for solar generation project in Jamaica


Kelly Tomblin, JPS President and CEO (second from left), Robert Blenker, President Content Solar Limited, VP Renewable Energy WRB Enterprise (second from right) and Murray Skeete, VP Engineering and Regulation, WRB Enterprises/Director Content Solar Limited (right), signing the agreement as Noel Arscott, MP, South Clarendon and Minister Local Government and Community Development (standing right), Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, (standing second from right) and Sheree Martin, SVP Customer and Corporate Services look on

KINGSTON, Jamaica — WRB Enterprises and Jamaica Public Service (JPS) signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) on Thursday, paving the way for JPS purchasing energy from the renewable power generation company. 


The 20-year agreement with Content Solar Limited, WRB’s Jamaican project company, will deliver 20 MWs of reliable, clean renewable energy to the Jamaican grid. 


WRB is investing approximately US$60 million to construct a 20 MW (ac) photovoltaic (PV) generation project that will see 98,000 panels installed in Content Village, Clarendon Parish. 


“This will be the largest PV installation in the English-speaking Caribbean,” said Bob Blanchard, WRB’s chairman.

The Content Solar project should save Jamaica the importation of more than 8.5 million gallons of fuel per year. This is equivalent to approximately US$170 million of foreign exchange over the 20-year term of the PPA, according to Robert Blenker, vice president renewable energy of WRB and director of Content Solar. 

“This is a major milestone not only for Jamaica, but for the Caribbean. We are ready to get to work,” he said.
“We are excited to create a project that will provide clean, sustainable energy to more than 20,000 Jamaican families,” said Blenker. It is expected that the project will create between 30 and 60 new jobs during construction, which will commence in October. Commissioning is scheduled for September 2015.
WRB Enterprises Inc., a family company with its base in Tampa, Florida, has owned and operated electrical generation and utility assets in the Caribbean since the early 1980s.
WRB encompasses utility management, telecoms, banking, real estate, renewable energy development and conservation. With more than three decades in the region, WRB focuses on long-term relationships and investment in national development while delivering high quality service to customers and shareholders.
WRB operates the public electric utility for the Caribbean nation of Grenada, providing fully integrated electrical services — power generation, distribution, metering and billing — to tens of thousands of users. WRB also operated systems in Grand Turk and Dominica.
With a 30-year history of profitable operations, WRB has built a large asset base and a well-capitalized organization. Part of its financial strength and stability is derived from interests in community banking. WRB is the largest shareholder of the Bank of Tampa, the biggest independent bank in Tampa, with nearly $1 billion in assets. Additionally, WRB has ownership interests in several other community banks and maintains a strong corporate commitment to local community banking.

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