Wind Power News: Jamaica
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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – Patrons at the popular Eviction Bar in Santa Cruz eagerly leaned forward on their stools. In what had been a pulsating first 25 minutes, Manchester City – on the brink of securing the English Premier League football title – had just gone 2-0 ahead of hosts Tottenham Hotspurs. The football was all the more enthralling since Manchester City had been forced to endure three straight defeats in all competitions, prior to their trip to Tottenham. Then, with expectations . . . Complete story »
MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Ground was broken for two major wind energy projects in south Manchester and south east St Elizabeth late last month. First was Wigton III, a 24MW plant, part of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Wigton wind farm which currently produces just under 38.7MW of wind energy at Rose Hill in South Manchester. The work on Wigton III will be carried out by Spanish wind energy company Gamesa under a US$45-million contract. Planners say 80 per cent of . . . Complete story »
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Wigton Windfarm Limited, a subsidiary of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, has signed a contract valued at approximately US$40 million with the Spanish firm, Gamesa, for the construction of Wigton III, a 24 megawatt (MW) expansion of its wind farm complex in Rose Hill, Manchester. Under the agreement, Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, will execute a turnkey construction project which will involve the installation of 12 of its G80-2.0 MW wind turbines. This expansion is . . . Complete story »
Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has the option to buy a 20 per cent in US-owned Blue Mountain Renewables (BMR) US$90 million ($9.9 billion) wind farm in St Elizabeth. The planned 34-megawatt (MW) wind farm, which received regulatory approval last year, should slash US$500 million in oil imports over 20 years. Discussions on the project were hitherto known but not plans to offer JPS a stake in the venture. “The proposed BMR Jamaica Wind Farm project had been previously studied . . . Complete story »
Minister of Energy, Clive Mullings, has announced that procurement permits have been approved for the expansion of the Wigton wind farm with an additional 18 megawatts. He also disclosed that a private power company is looking to partner with the Government for the expansion project. “We have no reservations about the benefits that this will yield. I am heartened by the number of proposals that we are receiving from private investors to develop renewable energy in Jamaica, but this cannot . . . Complete story »
Wind farms I had to laugh about the statement that Wigton plans to develop their wind farm ‘into a tourist attraction’. Do they really believe windmills are interesting for tourists? Europeans have had those windmills in their homelands for nearly 20 years, and most view them as a necessary evil disturbing the landscape. In Jamaica, we should not believe that anything standing around will be attractive to tourists. I predict the opposite to be true: they will view a wind . . . Complete story »