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  • The Government’s renewable energy programme has received a boost from the United Kingdom.
  • The grant will fund the installation of a solar panel roof for a training lab at the Wigton Windfarm at Rose Hill, in Manchester.
  • The project will be beneficial to both Jamaica and the people of the United Kingdom (UK).

The Government’s renewable energy programme has received a boost from the United Kingdom, which has provided a grant of $4.8 million to the Wigton Windfarm at Rose Hill, in Manchester.

The grant will fund the installation of a solar panel roof for a training lab at the facility, and the purchase of a wind turbine. Both will be used for teaching and demonstration under Wigton’s renewable energy training programme.

Addressing the signing ceremony for the grant on January 23, at the facility, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said an increase in renewable energy is a mandate given by the Government to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), and the British support will enable training in renewable energy for Jamaicans.

“This is to ensure that we have the appropriate facilities that can train our people to enable us to better utilize the high technology that we are being exposed to,” the Minister said.

British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency David Fitton, said when the project came to him for approval late last year, he saw it as one that would be beneficial to both Jamaica and the people of the United Kingdom (UK).

“This grant will not only help Wigton, will not only help Jamaica in the future, but will help, in an indirect way, the UK too, as we all strive for ways to explore a renewable future,” he said.

Wigton will commence its extensive renewable energy training programme by mid-2015. It will be delivered through seminars, lectures and practical demonstrations to energy professionals, academics and tertiary students. Areas of focus will be: solar thermal, photovoltaic technologies, wind power, and small-scale hydro and bio-energy.