UWI To Leave JPS Grid Next Year

In another major cost-saving venture, the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has said that by next year, it will come off the grid of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), the island’s sole power distributor.

The university recently approved a contract to complete the building of a cogeneration plant.

“At the moment, we’re paying JPS US19 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Once we get off the grid, which we expect to do within the next year, that cost will fall to US 12 cents per kWh,” said principal Professor Archibald McDonald at a press briefing on Monday after presenting the campus’ report for the 2015/2016 academic year to the council.

“The company that we are partnering with is Wartsila out of Finland. Wartsila will operate the plant and train the School of Engineering to take over the management of the plant. When that is done, the cost will be decreased by another three cents, so we’ll be producing energy at the cost of about 8-9 cents kWh.” Read more

Source: Jamaica Gleaner