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  • The Government has allocated $3.1 million in the 2014/2015 Estimates of Expenditure for the Wind Powered Irrigation Feasibility Assessment Project.
  • The objectives of the project are to conduct a wind assessment in the Pedro Plains area of St. Elizabeth by erecting a wind data logger.
  • Anticipated targets for 2014-15 include the completion of the wind assessment feasibility study of Pedro Plains, using the wind data logger.

The Government has allocated $3.1 million in the 2014/2015 Estimates of Expenditure for the Wind Powered Irrigation Feasibility Assessment Project.

The Estimates of Expenditure are to be considered by the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament from April 8 to 10.

The objectives of the project are to conduct a wind assessment in the Pedro Plains area of St. Elizabeth by erecting a wind data logger, and observing the wind pattern for 12 months; and determining the feasibility of using wind-generated electricity for pumping irrigation water.

A Cooperation Agreement has been established between the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. Also, the OAS has committed to providing funding for the project.

Other achievements include the establishment of an Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding between the National Irrigation Commission and the following partners: Digicel Jamaica Limited, the University of the West Indies, and Wigton Wind Farm Limited.

Activities, so far, include:  installation of wind assessment equipment on Digicel cell towers; and monitoring of wind assessment equipment and collection of data by the University of the West Indies.

Anticipated targets for 2014-15 include the completion of the wind assessment feasibility study of Pedro Plains, using the wind data logger.