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  • The Government stands to reach its goal of having 20 per cent of energy coming from renewable sources much sooner than expected.
  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, says that the country could achieve the target by as early as next year.
  • He was speaking to JIS News on Thursday, July 10, following the unveiling of a combined solar and wind system at the downtown Kingston law firm of Myers, Fletcher and Gordon.

With several projects underway in solar and wind energy, the Government stands to reach its goal of having 20 per cent of energy coming from renewable sources much sooner than expected.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, says that the country could achieve the target by as early as next year.

“We have set ourselves a goal of achieving 20 per cent of our energy generation from renewable sources by the year 2030 and we think we are going to exceed that and we think we may need to move to 30 per cent,” he said.

He noted that initiatives underway, such as two new solar projects and a new wind project, will generate over 100 megawatts of electricity for the grid and will increase the Government’s prospects of achieving its targets. “So we think that we will get to that target if not by next year, by 2016,” he said.

He was speaking to JIS News on Thursday, July 10, following the unveiling of a combined solar and wind system at the downtown Kingston law firm of Myers, Fletcher and Gordon.

The system, installed a cost of US$300,000 is expected to save the company in excess of $1 million per month on its electricity bill.

Mr. Robinson commended the law firm, noting that the 78-kilowatt solar mill rooftop solution is the “largest installation of combined solar wind panels anywhere in the world”.  He said the project is in keeping with Government’s focus on energy conservation and diversifying away from heavy fuel oil as the main source of energy.

“This helps us to save on the importation of oil, which has a direct positive impact on our foreign exchange expenditures and also our balance of payment problem,” he said.

The State Minister urged other companies downtown to follow suit. “We want to encourage other companies to look at this because the wind from Kingston Harbour is probably more forceful than it would be in other parts of the corporate area,” he noted.

Managing Partner, Myers, Fletcher and Gordon, Peter Goldson, said the company is delighted to have the savings by tapping into renewable energy sources.

He informed that for the last year and a half, the company has been working with partners such as the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) and Windstream to implement the project, which is just a month away from being complete.

The law firm has already installed energy management systems to track the consumption of electricity; energy-saving elevators; and will shortly convert its air conditioning system to a more efficient solution.