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Jamaica's electricity sector is dominated by non-renewable generators that use petroleum products, primarily Bunker C fuel oil and automotive diesel which generated 93% of the annual output for 2014. There is a small contribution from a few small hydroelectric plants and a couple of wind farms, one of which, Wigton Wind Farm contributes a very small amount despite being the largest wind farm in the Caribbean.
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In 2005, Jamaica embarked on the preparation of a 25-year National Development Plan called "Vision 2030" which encompassed the National Energy Policy 2009–2030.The policy was adopted in late 2009 and followed in 2010 by a National Renewable Energy Policy 2009–2030. According to the message from the then minister responsible for energy, "Since 2005, Jamaica has embarked upon the preparation of a 25-year National Development Plan called Vision 2030 which is expected to put the country in a path to achieve developed country status by 2030. One of the expected outcomes of the plan is the diversification of Jamaica’s energy supply to increase energy security and to contribute to the cost efficiency of the country’s energy sector." Still looking for solar energy suppliers in Jamaica?
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After the National Energy Policy was approved the authorities set about creating a regulatory and technical framework for the interconnection of solar PV systems to the national grid in consultation with the grid operator. The result was the formulation of a Standard Offer Contract for the sale of electricity to the grid under a net billing arrangement. Under the net billing arrangement any electricity not consumed on the premises it is produced, is delivered to the grid and is purchased by the grid operator at a price set by the Office of Utilities Regulation to be close to the avoided cost of generation by the existing suppliers. That price is available at the regulators web site. Any electricity consumed from the grid is billed at the regular retail prices and at the end of the month the difference between the delivered and consumed amounts is settled. Technical guidelines for the interconnection to the grid are also now available and the Government Electrical Inspectorate is prepared to perform inspection of installations. This is the basis on which most major installations have proceeded.
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The simple answer: solar-photovoltaic (solar-PV) is now the least expensive way of providing electricity for your home or business. It's cheaper than the fossil-fuel based energy supplied by Jamaica Public Service (JPS), cheaper than coal or natural gas, even cheaper than hydro or nuclear or small wind turbines.
It is also convenient as it eliminates all possibilities of power cuts if you also incorporate storage and/or your small home "gen-set" -- Honda generators or the like. But best of all, solar can be installed right at your premises in sizes to suit your needs. And once installed, the price never goes up. No more electricity price volatility, no worrying about future light bills!
But if that were not enough, consider this: Solar power worldwide is growing at such an astronomical pace that it is now faster than that of cell phones, which has had spectacular growth. Need more info on solar power costs in Jamaica? Complete form below.
Growing faster than cellphones? you ask incredulously? Think of the transistor radio. The first one was produced in 1955, and by the time Jamaica got independence in 1962, transistor radios were everywhere and TVs were already becoming popular. The huge "tube" radios and the energy-guzzling music-producing behemoths called "gramophones" were disappearing.
The transistor made miniaturisation possible, ushering in the age of integrated circuits and the home computer, then smaller tablets, and the like. Growth in home electronic products was stellar. Miniaturisation spread to communication, and those "bricks" of hand-held mobile phones of the 1980s were condensed and became cute flip-phones and slider phones; easy to fit in your pockets. Cellphones quickly proliferated.
Then, in 2007, the year preceding the world's financial meltdown, the first smartphone connecting the Internet and voice was introduced. In the eight short years since, even the most fossilised of us (the older generation) has owned at least one smartphone, with many of us having multiple phones, even remote villagers in every country. The era of fixed landlines and dial phones was blown away by this explosion of cell and smartphones.
As spectacular as the cellphone growth was, however, solar power's growth has eclipsed it globally. No more is solar-PV thought of as consumer household electronics, powering calculators and the like. Solar is now mainstream electrical generation, bigger than your home's diesel generator, bigger than JPS in many cases and solar panel costs in Jamaica is no more affordable than ever.
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At the turn of the 21st century, just a little over 1,000 megawatts of solar existed globally, or a little more than the JPS installed capacity. By the end of 2014, this 1 GW starting amount had grown to over 140 GW globally (140,000 MWs) or the equivalent of times the capacity of 175 JPS. (That's some 12-nuclear-plant amount of solar in a time too quick to commission one nuclear plant).
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By comparison, JPS has a cumulative generation capacity of some 800 megawatts, but only some 350 MW of that operate and produce constantly. A lot of the other generator units are old and too inefficient to run constantly.
Global installations of solar have roughly doubled every two years for the last 10 years, and are now being installed at the rate of over 47 GW annually. This now marginally surpasses wind in annually installed amounts, after a decade of stellar growth of wind power: Meteoric growth by any measure, higher than cellphones and now competing with wind.
Individual countries are now ramping up solar installations at the phenomenal rates of 15 GW per year (China and India), and old stalwarts like Europe, Japan and the USA at near 8 GW each per year (10 times the capacity of JPS each, per year). In cloudy Germany on some summer days, the daily output from installed solar has surpassed 20 per cent of total electrical generation from all sources for the twenty-four hour period, in this vast country that is the economic driver and leader of Europe. Daylight hours solar output likely surpassed 40 per cent of total. Germany has grown more energy self-sufficient via solar and wind; so too large swathes of Europe as far-flung as Portugal and Italy and Spain.
But the spread of solar-powered generation has now reached Latin America in large amounts (Brazil, Chile) and Africa (South Africa, Ghana). Even the oil-rich countries of the Middle East are now speedily ramping up solar installations in large numbers and sizes given its low electricity price that beats their domestic natural gas, while keeping their oil in the ground for future export to other nations. Smart forward planning on their part, don't you think?
As far away as sun-drenched Australia, solar-powered generation (mainly rooftop small-scale) is causing the early shut-down of gigantic coal-fired plants because coal cannot compete, so low is the price of their roof-top mainly residential solar. This, despite Australia being a major coal producer and exporter headed by a prime minister elected to power on the platform of "coal is king", and who is determined to overturn the country's renewable energy targets.
The speed of implementation of solar-PV projects surpasses all other competing power technologies, bar none! Japan, since the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, has quickly replaced lost generation via newly commissioned solar in swift time. None of the old-style technologies could meet this time crunch. A 500 MW solar-PV farm took just 18 months from approval to start-up, and there are countless numbers of these sizes under construction or already producing all over the world. A 100 MW solar-thermal power plant (steam-producing plant via parabolic-trough mirrors) took just 28 months from approval to commissioning. But added to speed, the installation of solar is done in a unitised (modular) manner so partial amounts are placed online as soon as installed, giving a rolling implementation of projects. Still thinking about your solar energy costs in Jamaica? Give us a call or complete the form below.
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