Costly, imported fossil fuels are used to meet 90% of Jamaica’s energy needs.
Jamaica has set an ambitious target to generate 30% of its energy from local renewable sources, such as hydro, wind and solar power, by 2030.
11 Vestas V112 3.3
MW turbines installed
90 kilometers west of
July 1, 2016
BMR Energy developed, owns and operates the largest private-sector renewable energy project in Jamaica. The wind farm was honored with a 2016 Impact Award from the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Cooperation (OPIC).
- The electricity produced is among the least expensive available in Jamacia.
- Supplies energy for 25,000 customers throughout Jamaica Public Service Company.
- Generates about 120,000 megawatt hours of energy per year – equivalent of 3% of Jamaica’s energy demand.
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 66,000 tons of CO2 equivalent per year – the equivalent of taking 13,000 cars off the road each year.
The Jamaica wind farm became a reality through extensive research, cooperative funding and persistent execution. In response to a request for proposals in late 2012, the BMR team identified optimal sites and technology for the best yield within local conditions and regulations. The resulting proposal was the lowest costing alternative among 28 other competitors offering at nearly 50% of utility cost.
BMR developed all the required contracts, environmental permits and a financing package from multiple lenders to construct the project starting in 2015 Beyond its own investments, BMR secured funding from OPIC, the International Financing Corporation and the Government of Canada. The owner of BMR Energy, Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group, cut the ribbon on the fully operational project in July 2016. The current long-term power purchasing agreement with Jamaica Public Service Company will provide residents with affordable power for 20 years.
Beyond the Project
Throughout development, BMR Energy leveraged its resource to be good neighbors and provide additional support to surrounding communities.
- Creating local employment: Members of surrounding parishes contributed about 90% of labor hours for construction of the project.
- Building community infrastructure: Remodeled dirt roads with pavement and drainage. Renovated a local elementary school to add glass windows.
- Supporting local community: Donated a police vehicle to local constabulary. Upgrading a local residential facility for the developmentally disabled.