Progress on 18MW Jamaican plant extension

JAMAICA: The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica broke ground mid-March on an 18MW extension to its 201MW Wigtown wind farm, commissioned in 2004. Vestas is supplying nine of its 2MW V80 turbines to add to the 23 NEG Micon 900kW machines already turning.

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When completed, the plant is expected to generate enough power to supply 24,000 homes. At the same time, the government is also prospecting for new sites with the help of a grant of up to $750,000 (EUR556,000) from the Inter-American Development Bank to support deployment of wind and solar power. The feasibility studies should be completed within 18 months.

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