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LED street lights brighten Palisadoes Corridor and Rockfort Community

Night driving along the Palisadoes Road, the main corridor into Kingston from the Norman Manley International Airport, is now a safer and more pleasant experience, with the conversion of its High Pressure Sodium (HPS) street lights to Light-Emitting Diode (LED) technology.  The move is also a step toward greater energy efficiency, as the street lights use up to 55% less energy.  They also have a lifetime of up to 4 times longer than their traditional counterparts. 

 

 

This development comes in the wake of a partnership between energy company JPS and the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI). The project has seen engineering students at the school, undertaking the process of converting the lights along Palisadoes as well as some in East Kingston communities. Residents from these communities have also been trained as part of the implementation team. The project will see a total of 200 street lights converted to LED.  JPS is underwriting associated costs, to the tune of J$22.5M. 

 

 

The East Kingston communities now benefitting from LED streetlights are: Brown’s Town, McIntyre Villa, Rennock Lodge, Johnson Town and Poker Flats.

 

 

By January 2015, these lights will be equipped with GPS tracking capabilities, which will allow JPS to track the lights in the event of unauthorized removal. 

 

 

Speaking at the official street lighting ceremony which took place last night, December 2, along the Palisadoes Road, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, lauded the joint effort, commending JPS as taking a more customer friendly approach in recent times.  He also hailed the CMI for being one of the most solutions oriented organizations in Jamaica. 

 

 

JPS President and CEO, Kelly Tomblin, in addressing the gathering, spoke to the pressing matter of the affordability of electricity, even as the Company seeks to innovate and provide long term solutions to meet the energy needs of all Jamaicans.  “JPS wants to give every customer a bill that they can afford.”  For this, she noted, there would be no single solution.  “There is conservation, innovation, fuel diversification.  It’s not one thing [solution].  It’s everything,” she stressed – pointing out that JPS has been aggressively expanding its renewable energy portfolio, and is preparing to purchase 78MW of renewable energy by 2015.  The Company has also been promoting energy conservation and efficiency to its customers, particularly through its recently established eStore outlets.

 

Source:  www.go-jamaica.com



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