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LED streetlights being installed along Palisadoes strip

Published:Thursday | December 4, 2014 | 12:08 AM

More than 200 energy saving streetlights are being installed along the Palisadoes strip in Kingston and nearby communities.



The lights are being installed through a partnership between the Jamaica Public service company (JPS) Limited and the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI).



The first sets of streetlights along the Palisadoes strip were turned on Tuesday night.

The JPS says the move from High Pressure Sodium street lights to Light-Emitting Diode (LED) technology is a step toward greater energy efficiency, as the street lights use up to 55 per cent less energy.



It says they also last up to four times longer than their traditional counterparts.



The East Kingston communities now benefitting from LED streetlights are Brown's Town, McIntyre Villa, Rennock Lodge, Johnson Town and Poker Flats.



The JPS says by January 2015, these lights will be equipped with GPS tracking capabilities, which will allow it to track the lights in the event of theft.



Energy minister, Phillip Paulwell has lauded the project by the CMI and the JPS.



The project has seen engineering students at the school, undertaking the process of converting the lights while the JPS is underwriting associated costs, to the tune of $22.5 million.



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