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Jamaica Lights Up International Energy Expo

United States Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia (left) and Jamaica’s Science, Energy & Technology Minister Fayval Williams speaking with Josh Mossman, sales manager for Texas-based Sun Power which has expressed interest in setting up shop in Jamaica

Salt Lake City, United States — Jamaica is proving to be a major attraction for several solar providers exhibiting their products and even people just visiting the Solar Power International (SPI) Conference and Expo, now underway at the Salt Palace Convention Centre in Utah.

 

As the expo entered its second day yesterday, several people on the conference floor pointed to the year-round sunshine in Jamaica, and the improvements in the economy over recent years, among the factors pulling them to Jamaica.

 

Among those targeting the island was John Kimball, owner of Florida-based Sun Electronics, which sells used and new solar panels.

 

“We try to find really good deals on the used models from solar farms. Every few years they take down millions, but in the future it will be trillions of models off the old farms to replace them with newer more efficient models.

 

“When they take down those old models they have to do something with them and the loss of power is minimal. It’s only .07 each year, so after 30 years you still have 85 per cent of the power left in the panel,” Kimball told the Jamaica Observer.

 

He said his company has been buying and selling old solar panels for years and would offer Jamaica a cheaper option.

 

“You can pick up used models for US$0.10 to US$0.20 per watt, while a new model is selling for US$0.50,” said Kimball, who closed a warehouse he operated in central Jamaica two years ago because “business was too slow”.

 

Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/jamaica-lights-up-international-energy-expo_175630