Government reports $80m savings under energy-efficiency project
The government has reportedly saved approximately $80 million to date under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme.
The four-year project, implemented in 2011, is aimed at reducing the energy bill in public sector agencies.
It is being funded by the government in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank.
It involves replacing energy-wasting and outdated air conditioning units and lights with more efficient models; and installation of central cooling, solar control film on windows and cool roof solutions.
The programme also includes cost cutting and conservation measures and the training of staff in energy efficient practices.
The programme's Project Manager in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Wayne Williams, says the programme, which was scheduled to end this year, is being extended for two more years based on its success.
He says the various energy-savings solutions provided under the initiative could pay for themselves within three to four years of installation.
Entities that have benefited so far are the Jamaica Information Service and the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals.
Williams says the programme has also seen the emergence of new business opportunities and employment growth in the energy efficiency and conservation sectors.