My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Digicel adds on Green Power to future Corporate Building - Petula Clarke's Downtown Global Warming Crisis


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Digicel adds on Green Power to future Corporate Building - Petula Clarke's Downtown Global Warming Crisis

Thus the whirligig of time begins in his revenges

Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, V, 1

Earlier in the year on Wednesday May 11th 2011AD, Telecom Provider Digicel launched their Tier III Data Center as announced in my Geezam Blog article entitled “Digicel’s Cloud Backup Services – A deep Analysis” putting Telecom Provider LIME and Triple Play Provider Digicel on their guard. They then decided to make PBX (Private Branch Exchanges) exchange extinct with their somewhat late foray into Cloud Telephony as chronicled in my Geezam Blog article entitled “Digicel Cloud Telephony to Make Switched Voice Extinct”, again making Telecom Provider LIME sweat bullets.

After getting the thorough roasting on my personal blog, it seems that the Red and White Telecom Provider have apparently outdone the competition yet again! Ironically, this time by going green with their new Corporate Building, stated to be the Greenest in Jamaica and Latin America, as the Caribbean is a part of Latin America, in terms of Carbon footprint as stated in the article “The 'Greenest" Building in the Caribbean”, published Tuesday September 27 2011, The Jamaica Gleaner.

And yes, like JPS Co (Jamaica Public Service Company ) CEO Damian Obiglio idea for the banning of Incandescent bulbs in my blog article entitled JPS CEO Damian Obiglio wants Incandescent Bulb ban - Jamaican in the Twilight Zone”, this appears to be a possible crib from my blog article entitled “Ministry of Labour and Social Security JA$9 Million Energy Savings - Mad Money for Happy Workers” in which I pointed out the Ministry of Labour and Social Security  JA$9 million savings on utilities by changing their work habits.

This interesting tidbit of news, which The Jamaica Gleaner does not date, was dropped by Digicel CEO Mark Linehan at the UDC (Urban Development Corporation) forum, with the strange long-winded title “Redevelopment of Downtown Kingston: Investment Opportunities and Challenges”. No date and no information as to who else was there, save that it must have been all Digicel, as it is their re-entry into the Downtown area that is reinvigorating that very historic part of Kingston.

Not to mention something which I also had suggested to Telecom Provider LIME in my blog article entitled “LIME look to the future with new Services - Video and Audio Friends with Benefits in the Dead Zone”. A condensation of suggestions since my days as a Network Maintenance Technician at then Telecom Provider C&W between 2001AD to 2004AD.

Digicel CEO Mark Linehan reveals the specs, which are very interesting to the Power Engineer, quote: “This development will span a total area of 211,500 square feet and will make use of solar power, solar cooling and wind power. The Building will feature four wind turbines on the roof of the 11-storey tower, and 15,000 square feet of solar panels and solar glass on the roofs of all three Buildings.”

Albeit believable, if you like the pictures. But something is amiss……

Such a huge investment in Solar Panels and Wind Turbines, at so late a stage in the construction of the Building, suggests that this is an add-on, as opposed to an intended design. Something which the Public could ascertain, were the Media to have access to their AS-BUILT plans for the Building from 2010AD.

But don’t be quick to believe my biased words. The project, which had been slated for a June – July 2011AD completion date, is now three (3) months behind schedule. So due to these additions i.e. wind turbines and solar panels, Telecom Provider Digicel’s new Corporate Headquarters won’t be occupied until Christmas 2011AD, a few months before London 2012 Olympics on July 27th 2012AD!

Good to note that historically, that the Wigton Wind Farm, constructed in 2004AD, is saving Jamaica approximately JA$229 million in fuel purchases as per the article “In Five Months, Wigton Saves Jamaica $229 Million”, published Sunday September 25, 2011, The Jamaica Gleaner which is deserving of an article debating the benefits of Wind Turbines to Jamaica’s Electricity Grid. 

So what may have caused this sudden afterthought? Apparently the sudden acquisition of Telecom Provider CLARO, which will add considerably to their Electricity Bill and hence the “addition” to the AS-BUILT plans.

Which then implies something bigger may be in the works, as like other business in Jamaica, Telecom Provider Digicel may also be silently affected by Refrigeration and Cooling problems for its Ericsson Node B’s and RBS (Radio Base Stations) coupled with electricity theft as coincidently mentioned in my blog article entitled “Dr. Taylor's states Global Warming increasing Jamaica's Energy Bill - Vybz Kartel's Summertime Soylent Green”.

A redesign of the Cooling Fan, so common to Refrigeration equiptment is in order as per my blog article entitled “Global Warming and the Quest for Efficient Cooling – From Bladeless Fans to Blade Runner”.

So the obvious becomes clear.

This is not Telecom Provider Digicel trying to use Green Energy as a marketing tool as suggested in my blog article entitled “Alternative Energy and Telecom Providers - An Environmental Marketing Strategy”. Telecom Provider Digicel is aware they can do nothing about the conditions of the swap of CLARO Jamaica for Digicel El Salvador and Digicel Honduras as legally explained in my blog article entitled “Digicel finally acquires CLARO Jamaica with conditions – Carlos Slim’s Trojan Horse”.

Rather,  they are bracing themselves for Utility Bill increases as per the assertion of Dr. Michael Taylor by upping the ante on the Ministry of Labour and Social Security energy saving measures and going Green, which I predict, they will expand to their other cell sites to reduce their steadily ballooning Electricity costs. 

Spoken here first and nowhere else, folks; Cell sites with RAN (Radio Access Network), RBS (Radio Base Stations) and Node B’s powered by Solar panels and Wind Turbines as per my blog article entitled “Alternative Energy and Helix - a test case for Wind Power for Telecom Providers” and “Alternative Energy and 4G - Green Lantern Core”. Slated to be tested first on Telecom Provider Digicel’s new Corporate Headquarters located in Petula Clarke’s Downtown!

Coincidentally the Ministry of Labour and Social Security is located at 1F North Street, a stone throw away from Telecom Provider Digicel’s new Corporate Headquarters…….and good walking distance for architects looking to replicate what the Government of Jamaica has done, which they probably did and added to the Digicel Corporate Building design post AS-BUILT plans.
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