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Wolmer's SolarProject A LifesaverThe system has a lifespan of 25 years Energy Project

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Kingston, Jamaica - September 12, 2018— There was laughter and smiles all around as Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley (third left), celebrated the successful implementation of two energy efficiency projects at the Wolmer’s Trust High School for Girls.

There was laughter and smiles all around as Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley (third left), celebrated the successful implementation of two energy efficiency projects at the Wolmer’s Trust High School for Girls which were carried out by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). Wolmer’s Girls has saved over J$2 million since the PCJ installed a solar photovoltaic (PV) system and completed an LED lighting upgrade project at the School. Enjoying the moment are (from left) the PCJ’s Manager, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Dr Peter Ruddock, Chairman of the Wolmer’s School Board, Lincoln McIntyre, Principal of the Wolmer’s Trust High School for Girls, Colleen Montague, Head Girl, Shanae Christian and Head Monitor, Suen Chang.

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has successfully implemented two major energy intervention projects at the Wolmer’s Girls School, at a total cost of $7 million, which are expected to generate savings of more than $2.5 million each year.
The PCJ installed a $3 million, 10kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system and carried out a $4 million LED lighting upgrade project at the Kingston-based institution between 2015 and 2016.

The solar PV system, which consists of 42 polycrystalline panels and grid-tied inverters, can reduce the school’s energy usage by 17,550 kWh per year, and could cut the institution’s annual energy costs by approximately J$474,000.
The PCJ, in a news release, said that Wolmer’s Girls is one of 15 schools across the island that have received PV systems under a J$62 million initiative, which it undertook as part of its efforts to reduce the public sector’s energy bills.
The project, which also includes three government agencies, is projected to offset 344,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually that will save the Government approximately J$16 million annually.


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In a similar vein, the PCJ supplied and installed 1,045 light-emitting diode (LED) lamps both indoors and outdoors across the Wolmer’s Girls School campus, replacing fluorescent, incandescent and sodium vapour bulbs. Already the school is reaping significant benefits as between January and December 2016, the LED lighting cut energy consumption by 63,300 kWh which equates to savings of approximately J$2.5 million, PCJ said.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony today, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Wheatley said, “The Government of Jamaica is committed to bringing all public entities up to competitive standards in energy efficiency and conservation and the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology looks forward to more savings and gains from energy interventions such as these which have been carried out at Wolmer’s by the PCJ as the government aggressively implements its energy security and efficiency strategy and roadmap on the road to inclusive and sustainable development.”.

Wolmer's Girls Saving Millions - School Reaps Big Rewards From Energy-Conservation Project

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Published:Saturday | February 11, 2017 | 12:00 AM
  •  Patrick Planter From left: Dr Andrew Wheatley, minister of science, energy and technology; Lincoln McIntyre, chairman of the board of governors of the Wolmer’s Trust High School for Girls; and Dr Peter Ruddock, manager, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, discuss energy matters yesterday.

Wolmer's Girls School energy consumption cut by 63,300 kWh,

Between January and December 2016, the Wolmer's Trust High School for Girls has seen its energy consumption cut by 63,300 kWh, which has resulted in the institution saving approximately J$2.5 million due to two major energy-intervention projects implemented by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to the tune of $7 million.

The projects are in keeping with a $62 million initiative headed by the PCJ, which will save the Government approximately J$16 million annually.

PCJ installed a J$3 million 10kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system and carried out a $4 million light-emitting diode lighting upgrade project at the school between 2015 and 2016.

Speaking at the official handing over ceremony of the projects at the school grounds on Marescaux Road, Kingston, yesterday, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Andrew Wheatley told The Gleaner that the monetary benefits were almost instant.

He said: "The close to $3 million savings Wolmer's had last year is the same cost of the installed PV system. So within a year, we've had returns, while the system has a lifespan of 25 years. Right now, the project is being rolled out in 15 schools as we want our students to appreciate the concept of energy efficiency and conservation."

He added: "While we educate our young to employ energy-efficient techniques, we want to ensure that every programme we roll out is sustainable by reducing the energy component."
Project A Lifesaver
With the escalating utility bill battling the school's budget, Principal Colleen Montague described the project as a lifesaver.
School saving millions annually
PCJ collaborated with the Min. of Education