Jamaica is currently leading the English speaking Caribbean in the use of renewable energy (RE) at the commercial level and will probably continue to do so for some time to come. This statement is based in one part on its current installed capacity of 72 Megawatts (MW) and the other on the 78 MW that… Continue reading Ten Companies go Head to Head to Supply RE in Jamaica
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?
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
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