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Minister Julian Robinson to officially Commission JPS/UTech Solar Project on July 10


On Thursday July 10, 2014 Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, MP will officially commission the JPS/UTech 100kW Solar Energy Project, at an official commissioning ceremony to be held at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), commencing at 10:00 am, Lillian’s Restaurant, UTech Papine campus.  Both entities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of the Project in October 2012. 


The photovoltaic system is expected to generate 17,200kW of energy annually, and will reduce UTech’s energy cost, while serving as a learning tool for students.  It will also create an opportunity for JPS to gather important data as the company continues to explore solar technology.


The construction of the JPS/UTech Solar Project underscores the commitment of both organizations to the National Energy Policy, which seeks to reduce Jamaica’s dependence on imported fossil fuels, by establishing 20% of the country’s energy supplies via renewable sources.


Speakers on the programme are Ambassador the Hon. Burchell Whiteman, OJ, Acting President, UTech and Ms. Kelly Tomblin, President/CEO, JPS. Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Associate Vice President-Sustainable Energy, Caribbean Sustainable Energy and Innovation Institute, UTech and Mr. David Cook, Head, Projects Management and Engineering, JPS will provide an overview of the project.



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