Jamaica Launches Major New Solar Project


By the Caribbean Journal staff

Jamaica’s green push is continuing with plans for another new solar energy park in the country.

Eight Rivers Energy Company Limited has commenced work on a new 37-megawatt solar energy plant, slated for completion by late 2018 or early 2019, according to Jamaica Energy Minister Andrew Wheatley.

The Jamaica Public Service Company had signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eight Rivers in 2017 to supply electricity generated from the park to the national grid.

The project is also notably run by an all-female leadership team.

“This project represents the first Jamaican female-led major Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development. We are very pleased to see that the women are taking charge and they are providing the energy to drive real growth and prosperity,” Wheatley said.

It’s the latest solar project on an island that has moved to the forefront of the Caribbean green energy movement, both in wind and solar production.


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