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SRC 2017 Science Fair applications extended to March 17, coming April 7
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SRC 2017 Science Fair applications extended to March 17, coming April 7

“[the objective of the Science fair] is to get students to put into action what (they) learn in the classroom, and also to emphasise the importance of invention and innovation to national development” Coordinator for science and technology education at the SRC, Amanda McKenzie, speaking about the SRC 2017 Science Fair Science Fair lovers, your favourite competition now has a new date. Applications to enter the SRC (Scientific Research Council) 2017 Science Fair has been extended to March 17th 2017. The science fair will be held at the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica on Old Hope Road, St Andrew, on April 7. The theme, “Youth-centred Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development” will see the competition displaying the scientific and technological skil...
Blue Mountain Renewables to build US$90 million 34 MW Wind Farm by December 2014
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Blue Mountain Renewables to build US$90 million 34 MW Wind Farm by December 2014

BMR (Blue Mountain Renewables) has finally scored a 20-year IPP (Independent Power Provider) Deal with JPS Co (Jamaica Public Service Company) as of Tuesday June 24th 2014. This is to supply some 34 MW of Wind Energy from their Wind Farm that's located, ironically, just beside JPS Co's 3 MW Wind Farm at Munro, St Elizabeth. At US$90 million, its very prices compared to WWFL (Wigton Wind Farm Limited) 24 MW Wigton III Project, which weighs in at a hefty US$4.6 billion. That's actually a loan from the PetroCaribe Fund that the GOJ (Government of Jamaica) manages under a concessionary Oil agreement with the Government of Venezuela as detailed in Wigton Wind Farms Limited 24 MW Wigton III Project Priced at US$4.6 Billion set to start 2015. Slated for a September 2015 completion date, it'...
Blue Mountain Renewables – Wind Energy Contender in a 115MW Alternative Energy Contract dominated by Solar
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Blue Mountain Renewables – Wind Energy Contender in a 115MW Alternative Energy Contract dominated by Solar

With WWFL (Wigton Wind Farm Limited) as the main front-runner for Wind Energy in Jamaica as explained in Wind Energy is Jamaica’s Oil as PCJ ramps up Wigton Wind Farms for 320 million kWh and a possible shoe-in to be supplier for the 115MW of Renewable Energy to the Electricity Grid, one would think there'd be no competitors. But it wouldn’t be a competitive bid if there weren’t any. Indeed there are, approximately twenty (20) entities, all of whom have submitted a total of twenty-eight (28) bids, mainly Solar Energy Plants, to gain the lucrative GOJ (Government of Jamaica) contract to supply the following: 115MW of Renewable Energy 400GWh of Electricity per Annum US$55 million reduction in Jamaica’s Oil Bill Here’s a snapshot of the lucky round table of twenty ...
Wind Energy is Jamaica’s Oil as PCJ ramps up Wigton Wind Farms for 320 million kWh
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Wind Energy is Jamaica’s Oil as PCJ ramps up Wigton Wind Farms for 320 million kWh

“With our current focus on utilising our natural resources to address our Energy challenges, both the government and the private sector need credible information to make development and investment decisions about viable Energy solutions” Interview with WWFL (Wigton Wind Farms Limited) General Manager, Earl Barrett as published Friday, August 23, 2013 in the Jamaica Observer The PCJ (Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica) Press Release has detailed a study done using wind data collected from twenty four (24) sites across Jamaica from data collected between November 2011 and January 2012. The study, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the PCJ, is part of PCJ’s plans to expand the utilization of Jamaica’s Wind Energy Capacity to other parts of the island by demonstrating its ...
Wigton Wind Farm: Origins and Future Development of Wind Energy in Jamaica
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Wigton Wind Farm: Origins and Future Development of Wind Energy in Jamaica

Wigton Wind Farm, located on Wigton Plantation in Manchester, has a history typical of most large companies like JAMALCO: it’s located on Lands that used to belong to a Plantation owner, in this case a man from Scotland named M. Wigton. His grave marks land that was once part of St. Elizabeth. The parish of Manchester didn’t exist officially until 1819. But fast forward to the Wind Farm itself, officially register as the WWFL (Wigton Wind Farms Limited), possibly the largest Wind Turbine Installation in the Caribbean. The WWFL is a subsidiary of the PCJ (Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica). The PCJ manages the WWFL on behalf of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining and has the following Board of Directors: Mr. Ian Kelly – Chairman Mr. Andral Shirley Ms. ...
JPS Co Analog Meter upgrade heralds Remote Billing Revolution
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JPS Co Analog Meter upgrade heralds Remote Billing Revolution

Competition in the Electricity Generation section of Jamaica’s Energy Sector is coming. Despite the words of JPS Co (Jamaica Power Service Company) CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Dan Theoc, the basic framework as laid out by the previous Minister of Energy and Mining Clive Mullings already makes competition possible for Canadian debutante Solamon Energy Corp as pointed in Solamon Energy Corporation to build Caribbean’s Largest Solar Plant – Jamaica to get a Green Energy Boost. Ditto too for Green RG, the crazy American with a love and desire for a slice of the Latin American Alternative Energy market as per my analysis in Green RG in Jamaica to make Solar Power Gear. This as Power Wheeling and Net Billing means that Electricity generated by Alternative Energy Gear at one point in JPS Co...
Green RG in Jamaica to make Solar Power Gear
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Green RG in Jamaica to make Solar Power Gear

Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind - Emerson, Essays: History As the title says, we Jamaican have been under some serious laps in that treadmill called Research. An American-based Green RG Management LLC, better knows as Green RG, has had us under such Guinea pig testing since June 2011AD, when they and the GOJ (Government of Jamaica) entered into an agreement to use Jamaica to test out their Solar Power equiptment. This have now made of better of these plans, with announcement in the Media that they [Green RG] plan to build a plant in Jamaica to manufacture Solar Power Equiptment to supply Jamaica with said Solar Power Equiptment. This announcement was made in the last week of January 2012AD, around the same time that  Canadian-based Solamon Energy Corp played its...
Solamon Energy Corporation to build Caribbean’s Largest Solar Plant – Jamaica to get a Green Energy Boost
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Solamon Energy Corporation to build Caribbean’s Largest Solar Plant – Jamaica to get a Green Energy Boost

Folks, looks like I spoke to soon yet again! In my earlier this year entitled Digicel Jamaica’s Alternative Energy Future – Increased Electricity Bills and Energy Sector Opportunities collide I predicted that Digicel would go into Alternative Energy as they were already holders of the title of “Greenest Building in the Caribbean”. Alas, it appears that all Digicel was really interested in was to grab CLARO Jamaica’s spectrum and HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) License and as-yet-to-be-paid-for Huawei 3G Infrastructure so as to launch their HSDPA+ Network, an issue to be explored in depth in another Geezam article. Flight of fantasy: Digicel may STILL want to get into the PPV game as a PUC (Power Utility Company) but via an installation of the Equipment at your house and you pay ...