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Additional 100MW of renewable energy coming for national grid

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 9:53 AM

The government is currently set to add an additional 100 megawatts of energy to the national grid.

The announcement was made yesterday by Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate.

Wheatley says the government will invite energy suppliers to bid once the Eight Rivers Licence is completed.

Eight Rivers Energy Company is set to provide some 33 megawatts of solar energy to the national grid for US$0.085 per kilowatt hour. 

Wheatley said the agreement with Eight Rivers Energy company will provide cheap and clean energy as well as jobs for some 200 Jamaicans when the project slated for Negril, Westmoreland, is completed.


Energy Minister Andrew Wheatley

Wheatley said the Eight Rivers will make its first supply to the National Grid in 2018.

In the meantime, Wheatley says in a few weeks the government will commission two other renewable energy plants in Clarendon and St Elizabeth.

Wheatley says these two plants will add an additional eighty megawatts of renewables to Jamaica's energy supply and increase the country's chance of having renewables supply 15 per cent of Jamaica's power by 2020.