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DHL Jamaica negotiating netbilling arrangement with JPS

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Logistics company DHL Jamaica Limited which has completed the first phase of its internal renewable energy project says it will start reselling excess power to the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited.

On Thursday, the company indicated through its communication arm that a net billing contract was still being negotiated with JPS, but that the company expected to reach an agreement by April 30.

So far, DHL spent $1.77 million on LED lights and $17 million for a solar system at its headquarters in New Kingston, but the company also plans to extend the project to its other offices in Jamaica.

Outstanding work under the project includes improvement of the efficiency of the current central air conditioning unit by September, and LED lighting at DHL bases at Norman Manley International Airport and in Montego Bay by June.

big savings projected

DHL said it realised savings of 30 per cent on average in the first month - January 2015 - after LED light installation in 100 per cent of the main building.

"We noticed, too, that the centralised air-conditioning unit ran much more efficiently and the room was colder as the temperature in the building dropped by approximately five to 10 degrees as a result of less heat generated as was the case with the normal bulbs," DHL told Sunday Business.

DHL projects overall savings of 55 per cent to 70 per cent when the installation of its solar panels is complete and the system is fully operational.

Globally, the DHL Express 'go green' project was initiated in 2009. DHL Jamaica's transformation began in 2011 when it began installing solar panels at its Haining Road head office.

avia.collinder@gleanerjm.com