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Energy-saving streetlights introduced

Published: Thursday January 10, 2013 | 1:36 pm Comments 0
Energy-saving streetlights in Priory, St Ann - File.
Energy-saving streetlights in Priory, St Ann - File.

Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer

The Government has begun its pilot programme of introducing energy efficient street lights.

The programme, which kicked off on Tuesday, will see some $5,000 solar panels being installed in sections of Clarendon, Kingston, St. Andrew, and St. Catherine.

The initiative is aimed at reducing the governmentís electricity bill from street lights which stands at approximately $2 billion per annum.

There are about 93,000 street lights across the country.

The pilot programme is being undertaken through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Local Government Ministry and United States-based technology solutions firm, GreenRG Management.

It is expected to employ some 50 Jamaicans.

A number of those persons will be trained in solar panel installation and repair.

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