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Solar power for Indoor Sports Centre

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 7:00 AMShayne Fairman
Neita-Headley

Minister with responsibility for sports, Natalie Neita-Headley, revealed yesterday, that the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) is one step closer to becoming a fully operational solar-powered facility.

The NISC complex is located next to the National Stadium and was built in 2003 to stage the World Netball Championships.

Neita-Headley said that the intention was to have the facility fitted with a more modern, cost-effective, efficient and environmentally friendly source of energy capable of hosting from small to world-class sporting events.

Solar-generated power at the multi-purpose facility would drastically reduce the venue's electricity costs. It would essentially lower the cost sportspersons, organisations and associations pay to rent the venue during their hosting of night competitions also.

"I am just coming from the Indoor Sports Centre where we have just launched a pilot project where the Indoor Sports Centre will be having solarised power," said Neita-Headley.

She was speaking at a press conference held at the Jamaica Olympic Association office on Cunningham Avenue, Kingston 6, yesterday.

The project is described as a first coming out of a new legislation programme on national energy solutions.

"More persons, more organisations, more associations will be able to utilise the venue without having to reach all the costs of energy," she stressed, while adding that those paying to rent the NISC will soon be able to see a reduction in the cost for renting the hosting facility.