JPS Surpasses the 2017 LED Streetlight Target – Brightening Communities Across Jamaica
In 2017, JPS installed 36,400 LED streetlights, exceeding its 35,000-target. The LED streetlights have been installed in sections of Kingston & St. Andrew, St. James, St. Ann, Trelawny, St. Mary, Hanover, Westmoreland and St. Catherine.
The move is part of the energy company’s plan to implement smart LED lighting technology capable of remotely reading the consumption of each lamp; identifying out-of-service lamps and provide for the dimming of lights when necessary. The newly installed lights will provide improved quality and reliability of streetlighting and are designed in line with international best practices.
Some of the communities which are now benefitting from LED lights are in Old Harbour, Greater Portmore, Braeton, Spanish Town, Rollington Town, Savanna-la-mar, Freeport, Bogue Village, Mona and Washington Gardens, among others.
JPS Project Manager, Shellyann Wilson says residents in the various communities have given positive feedback about the new LED lights. “Residents feel safer as the lights are brighter and provide better visibility. Also, residents are more appreciative of the white light rather than the yellow light,” Ms. Wilson observed.
Commenting on the commitment of the JPS team and contractors to successfully implement the ongoing project and meet projected targets, the Project Manager noted that: “The vision for a smart streetlight system was a dream that all of us shared and aspired to achieve and I believe that was our motivation to do well. Also, the overwhelming positive feedback we have received, served as additional motivation for us to do well,” Ms. Wilson added.