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Schools to benefit from $62m energy-saving project


A $62-million energy saving project is to be implemented in 15 schools and three Government agencies as the administration works to reduce the high energy bill within the public sector.


This was announced by junior minister in the Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Ministry Julian Robinson, who noted that the project has been approved by Cabinet and contracts to undertake the initiative are to be signed soon.


He was speaking at the awards ceremony for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Schools’ Energy Programme at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston last Friday.


The project will involve the PCJ installing solar PV systems within 14 high schools, one primary school and three government agencies.


Lamenting that Government spends $14 billion annually on energy costs, Robinson said the project is expected to realise significant savings within the public sector.


“Collectively, the 18 solar PV systems, which will be installed, should provide 232 kilowatts peak power, which equates to 344,000 kilowatt hours per year. This will result in savings of more than $16 million on the public sector energy bill,” the junior minister said.


Robinson said Government, through the PCJ, has carried out more than 100 energy efficiency projects at hospitals, schools, health centres and other public sector facilities over the last 10 years.


“These projects represent a total investment of more than $116 million and have resulted in more than $43 million in savings on Jamaica’s annual energy bill,” he said.


In the meantime, the junior minister pointed out that the new solar systems will be grid-tied, which will allow the entities to earn revenue by generating electricity to sell back to the grid.


The schools to benefit from the project are Ardenne High, Kingston High, Norman Manley High, St Hugh’s High and Wolmer’s Girls’ in Kingston and St Andrew; Clarendon College, Glenmuir High, and Vere Technical High in Clarendon; Hampton School for Girls, Munro College, and St Elizabeth Technical High in St Elizabeth; Old Harbour High, Rose Hill Primary, St Catherine High and Dinthill Technical High in St Catherine.



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