OUR Hails Operations At Paradise Solar Farm

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (third left), listens keenly to President of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Company, Emanuel DaRosa (second left), during a tour of Paradise Park Solar Farm in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, on October 2. Also on the tour (from left) are Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, His Worship Bertel Moore; Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams; Deputy Director General of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), Cheryl Lewis; and Custos of Westmoreland, Reverend Canon Hartley Perrin



The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) is hailing the inauguration of the Paradise Solar Farm in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, as a historic moment in Jamaica’s energy landscape.


Addressing stakeholders at the solar farm on October 2, Deputy Director General of the OUR, Cheryl Lewis, said the agency is especially pleased with the significant role it played in bringing the farm to fruition, for the benefit of Jamaican consumers.


“It is no mean feat to successfully complete a project that will contribute approximately 74,000 megawatt hours (MWh) annually to the system’s net generation, bringing closer the attainment of the renewable target by increasing the total renewable energy contribution in the energy mix to 13 per cent of net generation,” she said.

This, Ms. Lewis added, will contribute to reducing the impact of oil price fluctuation, and enhance security.


She further noted that in terms of environmental impact, the project is expected to displace about 107,000 barrels of fuel oil annually, and prevent over 48,000 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.


“We note that the solar farm was commissioned on June 23, 2019, and by reports of the System Operator, it has already proven useful in assisting with reducing unplanned generation shortfall. In July 2019, the presence of daytime-generation supply was vital in maintaining the availability of electricity supply to consumers,” Ms. Lewis added.


She pointed out that the OUR’s involvement in the project commenced in 2015, when Cabinet requested “us to procure” a further 37 MW (net) generation from renewable sources, in order to complete the targeted procurement of 115 MW (net) generation from renewable sources.


Ms. Lewis said the OUR is also pleased that this was done at a record low all-in tariff of US8.5 cents per kilowatt hour.


“With over three years from the date of selection, this offer is yet to be bettered in the region,” she added.