Jamaica set to run on 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, up from the previous 30 per cent target.
The Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, announced this ambitious target while unveiling the new state-of-the-art solar PV array on the government’s office.
The solar energy is commissioned in partnership with the Solar Head of State, a non-profit seeking to help world leaders become green leaders by installing solar panels on government buildings.
James Ellsmoor, Solar Head of State Director, said: “Due to climate change, small island developing states (SIDS) need to leverage renewable resources such as solar. We are focused on installing highly visible solar arrays on public buildings to draw greater attention to renewables. Jamaica’s commitment to ushering in a new era of renewable energy is laudable.”
In the past, Jamaica has suffered from a lack of energy diversification which has left them heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels, resulting in high electricity prices and higher carbon dioxide emissions.
The Caribbean nations are also vulnerable to hurricanes and extreme weather meaning a higher consumption of renewable energy would result in more stable electricity prices in the wake of natural disasters.
The Prime Minister said: “I believe that we can do better. Jamaica has sunshine all year round and strong winds in certain parts of the island. I have directed the government to increase our target from 30% to 50%, and our energy company is totally in agreement. So I believe that by 2030, Jamaica will be producing more than 50% of its electricity from renewables.”