Schools going solar
Fifteen primary and secondary schools across the island are to be retrofitted with solar panels by the end of the summer.
"We (Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica) are retrofitting the schools with solar and the project is valued at about $60 million. The first set of components has already been imported. They are being cleared now," Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Hillary Alexander said.
In an interview following the launch of the Graduate Internship Programme at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) on Trafalgar Road, in New Kingston on Wednesday, the permanent secretary added that the PCJ would finish the project by the end of summer.
The project is being done in partnership with the education ministry. "We'll be working with the Ministry of Education very closely and looking at the quality of the infrastructure as well. Not everything can accommodate the solar panels. We got some information from them last week on some of the critical infrastructure assessments that were required before the rollout can be started," the permanent secretary said.