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KINGSTON — The Government has stepped up its effort to boost its renewable energy strategy, through the commissioning of a Wind Mapping study.

This study is being undertaken by Wigton Wind Farm Limited, an agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mining, through the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).

Wind mapping will determine the wind blowing patterns across the island. It will also identify the best points for establishing wind farms.

In an interview with JIS News, Minister of Energy and Mining, Clive Mullings, said the study is critical to the government’s strategy of increasing its available stock of alternative energy sources, which will assist in reducing the country’s dependence on fossil fuel.

“A loan has been received and the process has already begun.  We expect that that wind map will allow not only for putting up turbines, but [will] encourage private investors to come in, because then you’ll know where to put up wind turbines,” he said.

The wind mapping exercise compliments the vision for the country’s energy sector under the National Energy Policy.   This policy seeks to provide the framework for the sustainable management of energy resources and for the development of viable renewable energy resources, which is expected to represent some 20 per cent of the country’s energy mix by 2030.

Mr. Mullings pointed out that the study is also necessary because not every location that is windy or has a strong gust of wind, is suitable.

“If the flow is inconsistent, then the output from the turbine is inconsistent and it affects the grid’s stability and its delivery,” he added.

Using wind turbines for the generation of electricity enhances the country’s drive for ‘clean energy’.  It also reduces the emissions from burning traditional fuels and lowers the country’s global carbon output.

 

By O. RODGER HUTCHINSON, JIS Information Officer