Gillard lights up
Electricity has been made available to some 29 households in the Gillard community of South West St Elizabeth. Minister of science, technology, energy and mining, Phillip Paulwell, on Tuesday, officially commissioned the service in the area.
The project, which was undertaken by National Energy Solutions, saw some 1.6 kilometres of cable being installed at a cost of approximately $7 million.
Addressing the ceremony, Paulwell said the provision of electricity in the Gillard community was the 137th such project undertaken across Jamaica since 2011. He said that Jamaica now has just under 98 per cent electricity coverage and efforts are being made to ensure that the remaining two per cent receives the supply in short order.
He explained that in an effort to ensure that the entire country receives electricity, wind, sun and water sources will be used to generate energy. The Minister said the electricity rate is now US18 cents per kilowatt hour, down from US42 cents, which represents significant savings for consumers, and is the result of the policies of the Government as well as a drop in oil prices on the world market.