USD$143m in Renewable Energy Investments

Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is expected to sign off on two agreements which will secure investments in Jamaica’s renewable energy sector valued at USD$143-million.

Dr. Wheatley updated the House of the Representatives this afternoon on the Government’s renewable energy push while he made his contribution to the sectoral debate.

He says a deal will be signed soon with Eight Rivers Energy Company.

Dr. Wheatley says the Government is also pushing ahead with a USD$78-million and a USD$65-million investment in the country’s renewable energy sector.

Dr. Wheatley told parliament the aim is to ensure that 30-percent of supply to the grid is from renewable energy sources by 2020.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.