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Jamaica's renewable energy generation set to increase

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMShanique Samuels
A solar powered street lamp.

The expansion of the Wigton Windfarm in Manchester, as well as the construction of two other projects, is to increase Jamaica's energy generation from renewable sources to 15 per cent.

Renewable energy currently accounts for 7.5 per cent of total energy generation capacity.

The construction of Wigton III is to commence in April and completed by February 2016. The project is expected to create about 125 jobs and increase the wind farm's generating capacity to 62.7 mega Watts.

Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell says the Wigton expansion is in addition to a US$200 million 34 Mega Watt wind capacity plant in St Elizabeth and 20 Mega Watt Solar Farm in Content, Clarendon.