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Jamaica on track to achieve 30% energy from renewables — Holness

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says Jamaica is on track to achieve 30 per cent of its electricity from renewables within two years.

This will surpass the target in the National Energy Policy for renewables to account for no less than 20 per cent of the country's energy mix by 2030.

“We now have a combined supply of just about 120 megawatts of renewable electricity power, which is currently in our grid and that will put us to about 15 and 18 per cent of electricity generation... so it is quite likely we will achieve the 30 per cent by 2020 if we continue at this pace,” he said.

The prime minister was addressing a ceremony to commission solar photovoltaic panels into operation at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) today.

He noted that with the gains made in renewable energy, the Government is pushing to achieve “a more ambitious target (of) 50 per cent of our electricity generation from renewables by 2030”.

“I think this is doable. There is a certain reality that we have to pay attention to (and that) is climate change... . We have to be resilient (and) a part of that is what we do with our energy mix. Pushing our energy generation to be 50/50 fossil fuels and renewables is in our national security interest, (and) in our survival interest; we have to embrace renewables,” he said.

The prime minister noted that the installation of the solar panels at OPM will result in a reduction in the electricity bill.

The project was led by Solar Head of State, a non-governmental organisation whose goal is to install solar on influential government buildings around in world, and involved collaboration with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica , National Energy Solutions, the Clinton Foundation and other partners.

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