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  • Jamaican business owners are urged to start utilising alternative sources of energy, in keeping with Government's efforts towards more efficient energy solutions.
  • This call came from Government Senator, Noel Sloley as he opened the State of the Nation Debate in the Upper House (October 11).
  • Senator Sloley further pointed out that alternative energy is an industry, which creates jobs, such as installation and servicing of the solar panels, windmills, inverters and other equipment.

Business owners across Jamaica are being urged to start utilising alternative sources of energy, in keeping with Government’s efforts towards cheaper and more efficient energy solutions for the country.

This call came from Government Senator, Noel Sloley as he opened the State of the Nation Debate in the Upper House today (October 11).

“Critical to going forward, I’m encouraging every business in Jamaica to immediately initiate a programme for the installation of alternative energy,” he said.

“It has now become a critical necessity that we encourage programmes aimed at achieving that 30 per cent goal of generating capacity in renewables in order to reduce our current account deficit and our balance of payment,” the Senator said.

Noting that lower energy rates are an essential part of the competitive business environment, Mr. Sloley pointed out that the new alternative energy applications are much more cost effective and efficient and shorten the cost recovery time frame.

“It makes good business sense; it lowers your energy cost; you may be able to sell your surplus to the grid; it will cut the cost of imported fuel and lower our current account deficit,” he further noted.

Senator Sloley further pointed out that alternative energy is an industry, which creates jobs, as it requires people to be trained in the installation and servicing of solar panels, windmills, inverters and other equipment.