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The state owned Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has joined forces with Britain's Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES) to develop wind farm projects in Jamaica. PCJ's business is importing oil -- currently the main fuel source for electricity supplies -- in addition it runs the island's oil refineries. But the company also has a remit to encourage development of renewable energy sources. The joint venture is already monitoring wind speeds at a couple of sites, says Peter Quilleash from RES. In spite of strong seasonal variations the company believes the long term average wind speeds will be sufficient to make wind farm development in Jamaica viable. Its new partnership with PCJ is not the first time that RES has been active on the island: the company assisted recently in the installation of a Vestas V27 wind turbine at Munro College (see page 22).

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