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Government must get the LED light initiative right

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I understand that the Government of Jamaica has gone into an arrangement with the company Green RG to provide light-emitting diode (LED) street lights. I do agree that this is a move in the right direction, but what I do not agree with is that many companies have spent a lot of money and research in Jamaica in alternative energy methods.

We have been left again in the cold. LED technology is not new. It has been around for many years. If the research is not done and the right LEDs not purchased and installed that can cope with surges, weather conditions and other elements, these lights will stop working. This is a fact. There are LEDs and there are good LEDs.

Many considerations

Even though LED lighting can last over five years, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when buying your LED lights for small or large applications. I have done research in this area and distribute LED light bulbs to meet Jamaica's environment from weather to voltage spikes.

Was this put to tender? Why do Jamaicans continue to invest in Jamaica when there are large projects that are given to overseas companies?

I would like to know how this contract was done for Green RG to supply 90,000 bulbs to Jamaica? Who are the directors of this company? Why was a local alternative energy company with the requisite experience and knowledge not given the chance to supply these lights?

Over to you, Mr Minister.

PETER SHOUCAIR (JP)

Managing Director,

Green Energy Savings Ltd