JPS Augments Jamaica’s Hydro Capacity

On March 26th (2014), JPS officially commissioned its 7.2 MW (mega-watts) expansion of the Maggotty hydro electric power plant – the single largest hydro development since independence.  This addition increased the plant’s total capacity twofold and like the eight previous installations, it uses a run-of-river hydro electric plant technology. A run-of-river hydro electric power plant generates electricity using the natural flow of the river, as opposed to conventional hydro power generation which require the installation of a dam.  Maggotty II is the ninth such plant to be operated by the power company, thereby increasing its hydro electric capacity to approximately 30MW and total renewable energy portfolio to 33MW.

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