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Jamaica's first solar power generation plant commissioned into operation

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:25 PM

The island's first solar power generation plant was officially commissioned into operation this morning, in southern Clarendon.

Located in Content District, the $7.9 billion facility is expected to produce 20 megawatts annually for supply directly to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) grid.

It will produce enough electricity to power up to 20,000 homes.

This is expected to contribute significantly to Jamaica's goal of producing at least 20 per cent of power from renewable sources by 2020 and reduce the island's carbon emissions by 35,000 tons annually.

That reduction in carbon emission is the equivalent of taking 7,000 cars off the road.

The solar energy plant is built and operated by Content Solar Ltd., a subsidiary of Tampa, Florida-based WRB Enterprises which has installed 150 acres of solar panels on some 300 acres of land.