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Jamaica and Cuba have entered into a cooperation agreement on energy conservation coming out of a recent meeting between Minister of Commerce, Science and Technology, Phillip Paulwell and President of Cuba, Fidel Castro.
Mr. Paulwell was in Cuba recently to discuss energy conservation measures and other matters with President Castro.
Speaking with JIS News, Minister Paulwell said that under the agreement, Cuba would be assisting Jamaica with its energy conservation campaign by providing energy saving bulbs to every household in East Kingston and Port Royal.
“This will be a pilot project to demonstrate the ability of compact fluorescent bulbs to significantly lower electricity usage,” Minister Paulwell explained, while adding that there were plans to have this project implemented nationwide once the assessment showed that electricity use had significantly lower.
The Minister said that energy conservation is a successful programme and was “now a way of life for the Cubans, who have imported massive amounts of bulbs from China and are able to trace how each bulb contributes to the saving efforts.”
A survey is to be conducted soon to see how many homes are in the East Kingston and Port Royal area, after which the installation and assessment will be carried out. A team will be sent from Cuba to assist with the data gathering and installation of these bulbs. This pilot project is set to begin in January and should be completed by March 2006.
In addition, Cuba will provide assistance for the completion of Jamaica’s Rural Electrification Programme and will also explore the concept of urban agriculture using hydroponics and biotechnology in innercity communities.
Jamaica in return will assist Cuba with technical support in the establishment of wind farms.