JPS is continuing its exploration of renewable energy sources, as part of the strategy to gradually reduce dependence on oil for electricity generation.
The two most recent projects in our portfolio introduce more hydropower and wind power into our fuel diversification efforts. These projects will result in an addition of 9 megawatts (MW) of capacity when complete. The two projects are: a 6.3-megawatt hydroelectricity power plant in Maggotty, St Elizabeth, and a 3-megawatt wind farm in Munro, St Elizabeth. They were approved by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) in 2008, when JPS responded to the regulator’s invitation for proposals for additional energy from renewables. Both projects are expected to cost an estimated US$38.7 million.
JPS is also exploring a number of other initiatives as part of efforts to reduce its dependence on oil. These include the recent partnership agreement with Petrojam for the construction of a Petcoke plant at Hunts Bay in Kingston and a project to convert the Bogue combined cycle plant in Montego Bay to use Compressed Natural Gas. These initiatives are expected to save the Company and, by extension, consumers, millions of dollars in fuel costs each year.
Our Renewable Energy Portfolio
The 4-turbine 3MW Munro Wind Farm It was officially commissioned, in October 2010 and is located in Munro, St. Elizabeth. It is the first wind power plant to be owned by the Company.
JPS also has a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Wigton Wind Farm Limited, as part of our commitment to support the development of renewable energy. Electricity is purchased from the wind farm, which is located at Wigton, Manchester.
The new hydro project will see the expansion of the existing hydroelectricity plant in Maggotty. This plant now accounts for close to 30 percent of the 29 MW of installed hydropower owned by JPS.
JPS has nine (9) hydroelectric plants among a mix of generating units. The hydropower plants are:
- Upper White River (St. Ann)
- Lower White River (St. Ann)
- Roaring River (St. Ann)
- Rio Bueno A (Trelawny)
- and Rio Bueno B (Trelawny)
- Maggotty Plant A (St. Elizabeth)
- Rams Horn (St. Andrew)
- Constant Spring (St. Andrew)
- Maggotty Plant B (St. Elizabeth)
(Photo) From left, Mr. Valentine Fagan, Vice President, Generation Expansion, JPS,Â Mrs. Kelly Tomblin, President and CEO, JPS,Â Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, UTech and Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Director of Sustainable Energy, UTech participate in the singing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions to develop a solar energy project. Â The signing ceremony was held at the JPS’s New Kingston offices on Monday, October 8, 2012.Â Looking on is JPS Legal Officer, Mr. David Flemming
JPS and the University of Technology (UTech) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on October 8, 2012 to set up a solar renewable energy facility including the installation of a 100kWp solar photovoltaic system. The solar facility will provide electricity to the university and its engineering students will work on the project as part of a tool for learning. They will design and install the units. UTech will provide the site for the installation of the solar panels as well as technical support.The main objectives to the project are to demonstrate the viability, true costs and operational factors of solar energy projects in Jamaica said Valentine Fagan, vice-president, generation expansion. It was funded by JPS and will educate and expose UTech students to new energy technologies.
Have renewable energy installed at home? Learn more about Net Billing
Net Billing will allow JPS customers who own renewable energy generators such as wind turbines and photovoltaic (solar) systems to generate electricity for personal use, as well as, sell excess energy to JPS at wholesale or “avoided cost” prices set by the OUR. Read more.
- Second Largest Hybrid Renewable System in Jamaica Officially Commissioned
- Historic Power Purchase Agreements signed between JPS and Renewable Energy Providers, including Jamaica’s First Solar Energy IPP
In a historic move this morning (September 18), three entities signed 20-year Power Purchase Agreements with JPS to sell 78 MW of renewable energy to the national grid. The organizations are BMR Jamaica Wind Ltd., Wigton Wind Farm and WRB Enterprises/Content Solar Ltd. The investment in the local renewable energy market, stands at US$196M. The power generating companies were also presented with licences from Minister of Energy, Hon. Phillip Paulwell.