My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: PCJ to install JA$62 million Solar Panels Systems - 15 Schools and 3 GOJ Institution Guinea-Pigs has Wigton III Project Venezuelan Connection

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Monday, June 30, 2014

PCJ to install JA$62 million Solar Panels Systems - 15 Schools and 3 GOJ Institution Guinea-Pigs has Wigton III Project Venezuelan Connection

“Collectively, the 18 Solar PV Systems which will be installed should provide 232 kilowatts peak power which equates to about 344,000 Kilowatt hours per year. This will result in savings of more than $16 million per year on the public sector energy bill. In addition, the systems are grid tied, allowing the benefitting institutions to earn revenue by generating electricity to sell back to the grid,”

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Julian Robinson speaking at the Awards Ceremony for the PCJ Schools Energy Programme held on Friday June 27th 2014 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston

The PCJ (Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica) has mysteriously decided to finance Contracts worth JA$62 million to install Solar Panels as stated in “PCJ to implement $62-m solar PV project in 15 schools”, published Sunday, June 29, 2014 1:38 PM, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Julian Robinson made this announcement on Friday June 27th 2014 during the Awards Ceremony for the PCJ Schools Energy Programme. The Solar Panels will be installed at the following fifteen (15) Schools and three (3) Government Institutions:

The lucky High Schools are as follows:

1.      Ardenne High
2.      Clarendon College
3.      Dinthill Technical High School
4.      Glenmuir High School
5.      Hampton School for Girls
6.      Kingston High School
7.      Munro College
8.      Norman Manley High School
9.      Old Harbour High School
10.  Rose Hill Primary School
11.  St Catherine High School
12.  St Elizabeth Technical High School
13.  St Hugh’s High School
14.  Vere Technical High School
15.  Wolmer’s Girls’ School

Naturally, the Government had to have some of its own Test Guinea-pigs:

1.      SRC (Scientific Research Council)
2.      ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management)
3.      PCJ (Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica)


Most likely though, it might also be related to US$4.6 billion dollar Loan taken from the  PetroCaribe Fund that the GOJ (Government of Jamaica) manages under a Concessionary Oil agreement with the Government of Venezuela being used to build Wigton III Project as explained in “Wigton expansion priced at $4.6b”, published Friday, April 25, 2014, The Jamaica Observer.

That would most likely be it, as this has a socialist agenda typical of the PNP (People’s National Party), being as its being contracted and not being done by a single particular entity. No doubt, friends of the Government will be securing these contracts.

So who will get these contracts? Stay tuned to my blog and I’ll do a follow up once this news becomes available!
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