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DBJ Champions Energy Efficient Businesses with RE

The Development Bank of Jamaica today launched DBJ GreenBiz, an energy efficiency project that gives local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) technical and financial assistance in energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy.

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Hon. Julian Robinson, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining

The Hon. Julian Robinson, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining officially launched the project at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge & Conference Centre.

Part of the DBJ’s institutional strengthening and capacity building initiative, the project is a joint initiative with the Inter-American Development Bank, which gave a $593,000 grant; DBJ contributed US$214,000.

“Smalland medium-sized businesses are hit hard by high energy costs and they can’t stay competitive,” says DBJ Energy Project Manager Chris Brown. “With DBJ GreenBiz we can help them access cheaper and environment-friendly sources of power, and save money.”

DBJ GreenBiz supports the operation of the organization’s Energy Fund and is made up of three components:

  • A demand study to assess need for energy efficiency/conservation and alternative sources of energy.
  • A training programme for the Certified Energy Auditors/Managers.
  • Public education through demonstration projects at selected SMEs in various sectors.

The eight energy demonstration projects cover several industries:

  1. Bailey Terrelonge Allen  – A Kingston law firm with a regional office in Ocho Rios.
  2. CANCO Ltd. – A Seaforth, St. Thomas, manufacturer of canned vegetables (ackee, calalloo, peas), jams and jellies for export.
  3. Foote Prints on the Sands Hotel – Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril.
  4. NASA Farms Limited – A dairy farm and drinks manufacturer in Clarendon.
  5. Pioneer Meats  – A meat processing, packaging and distribution plant in Kingston.
  6. The Sunrise Club Hotel – Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril.
  7. Ruthven Medical Centre – A Kingston-based primary medical facility.
  8. Triple Seven Farms – A poultry farm in Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

The launch was attended by business owners from a range of industries, and representatives from government, engineering and environmental agencies.


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