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Paulwell lauds Government for continuity of projects started under PNP

Published:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 6:47 AM
Addressing the official commissioning of the Content Solar 20 Megawatt utility-scale Solar Electricity Generation Facility in Clarendon yesterday Paulwell noted that the project started while he held the energy portfolio in the Portia Simpson-Miller led administration.

Opposition spokesman on science, energy and technology Phillip Paulwell, has commended the Andrew Holness administration for what he says is the seamless transition and the continuity of projects which began under the People’s National Party administration.

Addressing the official commissioning of the Content Solar 20 Megawatt utility-scale Solar Electricity Generation Facility in Clarendon yesterday Paulwell noted that the project started while he held the energy portfolio in the Portia Simpson-Miller led administration.

"I really want to commend us all for the tremendous way we run this place because Jamaica can't progress if we have stop-starts whenever there is an election" said Paulwell.

In the meantime, Dr Andrew Wheatley who replaced Paulwell in the energy minister after the 2016 general election said the current administration accepts that this is an area which needs all Jamaicans to work together.

"Collectively as Jamaicans we must be cognisant that any effort must be done for the benefit of the entire Jamaica. It’s not for some Jamaicans but for all Jamaicans and so we work together as a team. 

"Energy is something that we cannot politicise. We have matured as a people and as a country where we must collaborate on certain issues to move forward as a people and energy is one such issue" said Wheatley.

Content Solar is the culmination of three years of work which employed some 420 men and women locally.

 In August 2016 the plant began supplying power to the national grid generating enough electricity to power some 20,000 homes and businesses annually.

The facility is Jamaica's first large-scale utility solar farm.

– Shanique Samuels