Jamaica Public Service Commercial Solar Water Heating Programme (2008)

This powerpoint presentation evaluates the  ‘Jamaica Public Service Commercial Solar Water Heating Programme’, which was initiated by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) as part of their wider Demand Side Management (DSM) programme. Started in 2006, this project looked to demonstrate the technical and financial feasibility of key renewable energy technologies and to establish an approach and model for future programmes.

The Commercial Solar Water Heating Programme involved the supply, installation, and maintenance of SWH systems at eleven hotels and one student residence across Jamaica. Participants paid the costs through their electricity bills over three years, while JSP removed some of the risk through a five-year warranty and provisions for preventative maintenance and regular inspections.

The presentation makes clear the programme was not an unqualified success. Only eleven hotels signed onto the scheme out of the fifty contacted, and there were several problems with the quality of installation. Nevertheless, the presentation is clear that the programme served an important demonstration objective, and assisted in overcoming some of the significant barriers to wider market development in Jamaica. The final slide gives some key lessons for improvement learned through the project.

Author: Energy Services Solutions Ltd.

Date: 2008

Pages: 45

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