Solar Energy

Jamaica’s PV market – can it strive with limited incentives?

In one of my previous article – titled Solar Basics  – I discussed briefly the enormity of the energy received from the sun globally. Jamaica receives approximately 5kWh/m2 of solar radiation per day or 1800 kWh/m2 annually and thus possesses a great potential for solar applications such as electricity generation, water heating, and crop drying.… Continue reading Jamaica’s PV market – can it strive with limited incentives?

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Make ‘Electricity’ while the Sun Shines

In a recent post, titled solar basis, I gave a quick overview on solar energy and its conversion into other, more useful, forms of energy (e.g. electricity). In this article however, I will delve a little into solar electric systems. But before I jump into it, I will briefly recap from that article what I… Continue reading Make ‘Electricity’ while the Sun Shines

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Solar Power Basics

The introduction of feeding in policies such as Net Metering/Billing into the Caribbean electricity markets is hoped to trigger a significant influx of grid connected solar systems, similar to the response observed in Germany, Japan, USA and other parts of the word. Notwithstanding the continued dispute over whether the Net Billing concept will provide sufficient… Continue reading Solar Power Basics

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Economics of a Small Solar Electric System

Small solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) systems are currently gaining popularity in the public domain in several Caribbean islands including Barbados and Jamaica as a result of spiraling electricity cost in the region. The cost of these systems, however, presents a huge drawback to consumers, thus forcing them to think twice before investing. When considering… Continue reading Economics of a Small Solar Electric System