WRB Enterprises has awarded GES the EPC contract for a 28.5 MW solar PV plant in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica. The contract includes a long-term maintenance of this plant, the largest PV plant in Jamaica.
This is an important milestone for the energy dependent country that is trying to diversify its energy matrix to avoid their very high yearly fuel consumption. There are several renewable projects currently under construction, but this is the first, and largest, ground-mounted PV plant to be built in Jamaica. The project will save more than $170 million in fuel cost over the power plant’s 20 year lifetime.
GES continues to reinforce its Solar Division after its establishment as an independent business unit. “The Content Jamaica project supports the work we’ve made in our Solar Division during the initial months as an independent Business Unit. We are very confident that 2016 will be an imperative year for the recognition of GES as one of the main EPC contractors in the utility grade solar industry”, Rafael Montaner, Business Development and Solar Business Unit Director, said.
Clarendon Parrish will be the second utility-scale solar power plant that GES has built in the Caribbean region – in 2012 GES constructed the 22 MW IIlumina in Puerto Rico – where the commitment to renewable energy is growing in an effort to lower the reliance on imported fossil fuels for both economic and environmental reasons.