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  • A total of $156.3 million has been set aside in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure to fund the Rural Electrification Programme.
  • The objective of the project is to expand the reach of electricity supply to rural areas.
  • This programme is financed through the Consolidated Fund and Appropriations-in-Aid.

A total of $156.3 million has been set aside in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure to fund the Rural Electrification Programme.

The objective of the project is to expand the reach of electricity supply to rural areas, where the provision of such services would not be economically viable for commercial providers.

Other objectives include: enabling householders in rural communities to formally  access electricity; assisting in extending the national grid through the construction of electrical distribution pole lines to un-electrified areas; assisting many Jamaican families in the sub-urban and rural areas transition to more efficient energy and lighting sources; and enhancing productivity, comfort, safety, health, and economic development in several communities islandwide.

As of February this year, 5,000 kilometre (km) of pole line extensions have been installed, resulting in 97.8 per cent electrification in rural communities; approximately 616,125 persons have benefitted from expansion in the distribution of electricity supply in rural areas; over 20,000 houses have been wired under the Government of Jamaica House Wiring Revolving Loan Programme; and over 3,000 houses have been wired under the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Loss Reduction Programme.

For the new financial year, the programme aims to: construct 50km of pole line extension in 10 parishes thereby providing electricity to approximately 3,650 persons; and effect wiring of 1,000 houses under the government of Jamaica programme and 500 houses under the JPS Loss Reduction Programme.

This programme is financed through the Consolidated Fund and Appropriations-in-Aid.