Inauguration of the Paradise Park solar farm

Inauguration of the Paradise Park solar farm

Wednesday, October 2, Ambassador Denys Wibaux attended the inauguration of the Paradise Park solar farm, near Savanna-la-Mar, in the presence of Prime Minister The Most Honorable Andrew Holness and Minister of Science, Energy and Technology The Honorable Fayval Williams.

With 156,000 panels installed over an area of 81 hectares, Paradise Park is the largest solar project in Jamaica and The English-speaking Caribbean. Designed to supply 51,5MWp, which represents 6% of the island’s production capacity, the plant produces enough energy to cover the annual consumption of some 78,000 people.

This solar-powered station is mainly owned by French company Neoen, alongside MPC and Rekamniar. Expert in the construction and operation of solar and wind farms, Neoen is completing its first investment in Jamaica and confirms its export competitiveness.

The construction of the plant mobilized more than 25 Jamaican and international companies, and created 300 direct jobs, with priority given to local employment from the surrounding communities. In addition, Paradise Park provides the most competitive price in the history of the country for the Jamaica Public Service Company under a 20-year contract.

Still largely dependent on fossil fuels, Jamaica has for several years engaged in a diversification of its energy mix in order to reduce its CO2 emissions. Renewable energies – including hydraulics – now make it possible to produce 17% of the island’s electricity. Thanks to the Savanna-la-Mar power station, Jamaica will avoid the combustion of 107,000 barrels of oil each year, equivalent of the emission of 30,000 tons of CO2 less.

With the commissioning of the Paradise Park solar farm, Jamaica is affirming its ecological ambition and becoming a leader in the energy transition in the Caribbean. This project strengthens the relationship between our two nations and is “the type of joint venture arrangement that we want to see more of in Jamaica”, emphasized The M.H. Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

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Last updated on: 8 October 2019
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