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  • The Government has issued 120 net billing licences, which allow persons to sell excess energy generated through renewable sources to the JPS.
  • The award of the licences is being facilitated under the billing system, which was introduced in 2012.
  • This forms part of measures that the Government is actively undertaking towards ‘cleaner energy strategies’.

The Government has issued 120 net billing licences, which allow persons to sell excess energy generated through renewable sources to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) grid.

The award of the licences is being facilitated under the billing system, which was introduced in 2012, as part of measures to liberate the energy sector and diversify the energy base.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell made the disclosure during the launch of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ‘Greening Initiative’ at the organisation’s Lady Musgrave offices in Kingston on March 21.

“These licences will enable the licensees to connect to the grid and for the excess energy that (they) produce to be rewarded because (they) are contributing to the overall national demand and there is a price that you will receive from the JPS,” he explained.

This forms part of measures that the Government is actively undertaking towards ‘cleaner energy strategies’, which will ultimately reduce the island’s energy bill.

“The Government has again done absolutely everything to facilitate renewable (energy) and we are leading by example. We have removed taxation (on all solar equipment including batteries), we have provided credit (among others),” he said.

Highlighting several other energy efficiency measures, State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Julian Robinson said these include: the energy efficiency conservation project in the public sector; and the World Bank/MSTEM energy security and efficiency enhancement programme, which involves agencies within the public and private sectors.

He noted that through these programmes, the Government has seen tangible savings from these undertakings.

In the meantime, Minister Paulwell commended the directors of the UNDP for their insight and encouraged Jamaicans to follow suit, pointing out that significant benefits can be accrued from investing and adopting a cleaner energy strategy.

Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Dr. Arun Kashyap informed that some US$150,000 was spent on the initiative which started in 2013, and is aimed at reducing energy consumption and increasing use of renewable energy at the country office.

He also noted that through the initiative electricity consumption for lighting will be reduced by 55 per cent through the use of energy efficient LED lights and motion sensors.

Dubbed the ‘Greening Initiative’, UNDP has now completed installation of: cool roof technology-to reduce reliance on air conditioning; energy efficient lighting and motion sensors-to limit burning of lights when not in use; and use and generation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity.

At full implementation, UNDP Jamaica will reduce its indoor ambient temperature significantly with the application of polyurethane foam-based insulator and a reflective coat.

Others participating in the launch were: Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill; Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott; members of the diplomatic corps, among others.