The islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao forms a chain of islands in the Caribbean known as the Leeward Antilles. Together these islands has an installed wind capacity of approximately 71 MW. These islands feature the longest continuous history of wind energy utilization in the Caribbean (since 1983), as well as a novel 28 MW integrated (bio-diesel/wind/storage) energy system… Continue reading ABC Islands Wind Farms
The high cost of electricity in the small islands of the Caribbean has drive the various governments to take a serious look at incorporating various forms of renewable energy source into their country's energy mix. As a result electricity markets across the region have seen the introduction of grid interconnection policies, allowing end users with… Continue reading Distributed RE Integration Policies in the Caribbean
Apparently we can! Viaspace, a producer of renewable Giant King Grass that can be used as a low carbon fuel for electricity generation, has signed a supply contract with bioenergy project developer ReSource Bioenergy to supply its energy grassfor bioenergy projects in Jamaica through its affiliate Jamaica Bioenergy. According to Viaspace, Giant King Grass is… Continue reading Can We Grow Our Own Electricity?
The Worldwatch Institute in its recently published "Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap - Pathways to an Affordable, Reliable, Low-Emission Electricity System" revealed that Jamaica has a tremendous solar potential with global horizontal irradiance(or GHI) ranging from 5 to 7 kWh per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) throughout most of the country. According to the Institute some parts of Jamaica have an… Continue reading Jamaica’s Solar Potential for PV Application
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… Continue reading JPS Augments Jamaica’s Hydro Capacity
The following is a list of the five larges wind farms in the world: 1. The Alta Wind Energy Center is a wind farm located in Tehachapi Pass of the Tehachapi Mountains, in Kern County, California. As of 2013, it is the largest wind farm in the world, with a installed capacity of 1,320 megawatt… Continue reading Largest Onshore Wind Farms in the World
Wigton Windfarm Limited's (WWFL) plans to start expansion of its 38.7 megawatts (MW) wind farm by an additional 24 MW this year . Wigton phase III, which will be located in Rose Hill, Manchester on lands adjoining the company’s 38.7 MW wind farm complex, is projected to generate an additional energy of 63 gigawatt-hours (GWh)… Continue reading Wigton makes move to increase its Capacity by 62%
JPS posted on Linkedin that they are "the #1 investor in renewable energy in Jamaica." Is there any truth to this? No there isn't! See my comment and their follow-up comment below. The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) via is Subsidy Company Wigton Wind Farm (WWF) Limited is by far the #1 investor in Renewable… Continue reading Is RE high on JPS’s agenda?
In a previous article titled "Make Electricity while the Sun Shines" I gave a some insight into current PV technologies. In this article, however, I would like to look at the addition of a PV system to your home and thus a more detailed look at a solar PV energy system in its entirety. A… Continue reading Adding Solar PV to your Home – grid-tied or stand-alone?
Over the past couple of years I have listened to cries emanating from all sectors of the society to break the monopoly held by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) on the nation's electricity market. The Honorable Minister, himself, Phillip Paulwell, has echoed similar sentiments and has publicly underscored his intention to break up the monopoly -… Continue reading Solar PPA – the straw to break the supply monopoly