Can Jamaica Lead the Caribbean in Renewable Energy?

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - June 7, 2014

Above: a wind farm (CJ Photo)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Can Jamaica lead the Caribbean in the development of green energy?

Jamaica Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell says that it can, predicting that, by the middle of next year, Jamaica will be the leading country in the region in the gross production of renewable energy.

“There will be no other country to match Jamaica next year, when, in addition to the 40 megawatts of wind that we now generate, plus about 20 megawatts of hydropower, we are going to be introducing 78 additional megawatts,” Paulwell said, arguing that Jamaica is on the way to leading the region in solar, hydropower and wind.

The Minister said the additional 78 megawatts would be generated from two wind projects offering 50 MW and a solar project producing 20 MW.

Paulwell said three bidders have already been selected for the green energy projects: Blue Mountain REnewables, for 34 MW of wind power at Munro, St Elizabeth; Wigton Windfarm for 24 MW of wind power at Rose Hill, Manchester; and WRB Enterprises to supply 20 MW of power from solar facilities in Content Village, Clarendon.

With increasingly high energy costs, the Caribbean is moving in the direction of green energy, most notably Aruba, which plans to receive 100 percent of its energy from green sources by the year 2020.

Popular Posts belize hotel mayan world

At the Falling Leaves Lodge in Belize, a Portal to the Maya World

SAN IGNACIO — There has been some form of settlement on this site for more than 3,000 years, here on a leafy hill above the town of San Ignacio, Belize. In other words, this is no ordinary hill. This is Cahal Pech, […]

In San Ignacio, Belize, The Art of Adventure (And Pupusas)

pupusas belize

The sizzle is calling you. In the early morning, corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and beans and meat sing a particularly strong siren song.  It could be that perfect blend of dough and heat, or the aroma. It might just […]

Delta Is Adding More Nonstop Curacao Flights, Citing “Booming Demand”  

the beach at the avila hotel in curacao

Curacao is hotter than ever, with a wave of new hotels and record-breaking tourism numbers. And just a few months after Delta made its long-awaited return to the island, the carrier is adding even more flights.  The reason? What Delta […]

Related Posts air europa

A New Way to Fly From Europe to the Dominican Republic

It’s no secret that the vast majority of travelers to the Dominican Republic come from the United States and Canada, mostly drawn by the country’s overwhelming number of large all-inclusive resorts.  It’s a formula for success that has shown no […]

How Secret Bay Became the Caribbean’s Most Unique Luxury Resort 

dominica secret bay villa with pool on cliffside

You know the moment you arrive, when you see the trees and the cliffs and the faint outline of Guadeloupe in the background. Then you start to see the wooden villas appear in the heart of the rainforest.  Dominica’s Secret […]

Jamaica Says Visitors Arrivals Are Booming 

jamaica inn

Total visitor arrivals to Jamaica — including the combination of air and cruise passengers — topped 4 million last year, a new record for the Caribbean island, according to local tourism officials.  The country’s 4.1 million visitors represented a 16 […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You