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United States-based lighting and solar technology company GreenRg Management, LLC, plans to invest in Jamaica through its Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology.
The company manufactures various products using LEDs, which are semiconductor devices that create light without the use of mercury or gas.
GreenRG Management has already produced items such as LED indoor and outdoor fixtures, lighting controls, light bulbs with adjustable colour and wattage, and intelligent communication.
Speaking at a solar energy/LED forum and demonstration, held at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s headquarters in Kingston on Thursday, June 17, Managing Partner at GreenRG Management, Mr. Alfred Heyer, said his company felt Jamaica was the best place to launch the products.
“My partner, Ossie Wilson.was very adamant about launching these products here in Jamaica for a few reasons. Ossie is from Jamaica.but more importantly, we feel that Jamaica is the type of place that not only is progressive enough in thinking, but also welcoming enough to have us and to say we are willing to partner to make an investment into the country,” he said.
“We are prepared to not only invest in our technology, but with our resources, to actually bring work – manufacturing, assembly – into Jamaica as really a launching point for the rest of the Caribbean,” Mr. Heyer added.
He noted that with this cutting edge, ‘green’ technology, “we are just looking to make a system that will be very efficient and that works hand in hand with the existing companies and corporations that are providing energy right now.”
He told JIS News, following the event, that the forum was being used as a platform to show persons the technology and to educate them on how it worked so that they could understand why it would save so much money; and what it can replace.
“The more you understand the technology, the more you understand how it is going to help and how it is going to reduce (the use of ) energy drastically. You are talking about 10 to 20 per cent (and) 50 per cent and up,” he said.
In addition to showcasing LED technology at the forum, GreenRg Management, is also partnering with Jamaican company Wiltech Energy Inc, to introduce to Jamaica a solar generator manufactured by Mr. Wilson.
Principal Director for the Policy Planning and Development Division of the Ministry, Mr. Oral Rainford, explained that the solar generator manipulates light waves so it was able to generate some amount of electricity even when dark.
“So when it is bright it generates electricity and when it is dark, it continues to generate electricity for an extended period of time,” he said.
Mr. Heyer said he was of the belief that the generator will revolutionise how power is generated.
The forum was part of the Ministry’s efforts to promote the National Energy Policy of 2009 and to make persons more aware of the availability of renewable energy technologies. It was also intended to showcase ways in which these technologies can assist in lowering energy use, particularly energy costs.
Renewable energy is power which comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished.
The Ministry of Energy and Mining and its agency, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), have a national target to increase Jamaica’s renewable energy use to 12.5 per cent by 2015, 15 per cent by 2020 and 20 per cent by 2030. At present, the renewable energy supply level is five per cent.