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PCJ assists seniors home

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Group Chief Financial Officer of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Robert Clarke and chairman of the Rolph Grant Senior Citizens’ Home management committee, Claudette Stephen, view the solar water tanks installed at the facility during a tour of the home after the handing over ceremony on Tuesday.

PCJ assists seniors home

The Rolph Grant Senior Citizens' Home has seen its electricity bills fall by more than 40 per cent as a result of its energy-conservation programme, which was bolstered by the installation of a solar water heater system that was partially funded by a $500,000 contribution from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).

The home, which was faced with electricity bills as high as $52,000 per month, is a self-supporting outreach initiative of the Webster Memorial United Church located in St Andrew. The facility, which was established 27 years ago as a retirement home for church members, has evolved into a nursing home that currently houses 29 residents ranging from 64 to 100 years old.

In an effort to reduce their electricity bill, the home's management committee began a conservation programme. The committee also undertook a fundraising drive to purchase a renewable energy solution and approached the PCJ for assistance.

The corporation responded favourably, as an area of focus for its social outreach is to support energy-efficiency interventions at the community level. The funding provided by the PCJ was allocated to the purchase of an 80-gallon solar water heater.

At the handing over on Tuesday, chairman of the management committee, Claudette Stephen, thanked the PCJ for their support.