Aten Global, a specialist in the design, installation and implementation of solar renewable power systems, is delighted to confirm today its participation in a three-way joint venture with Derillion Energy of the UK, and Renewable Energy Investments Ltd (REIL) of Kingston Jamaica. The partnership, known as Derillion Energy Jamaica, has been awarded the development rights to install, operate and own a new 45 megawatt floating solar photovoltaic (PV) plant with battery energy storage system (BESS).
The solar PV plant will be sited on the Mona Reservoir, which is located to the north-east of Kingston, Jamaica and adjacent to the University of West Indies’ (UWI) Mona Campus. The reservoir – one of the main water supplies for Kingston – is sheltered by, and bordering, Long Mountain and lined with a specially prepared, compacted soil blanket.
Marking a significant step in Jamaica’s ambition to generate at least 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, the project will be the first utility-scale floating solar PV development in the Caribbean region.
The proposed plant will provide considerable commercial and environmental benefits, including:
- Generating a reliable source of competitive, sustainable power for the people of Jamaica
- Significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions
- Bringing down the volume, hence cost, of diesel imported to Jamaica
- Drastically reducing water evaporation from the reservoir
The project will also create local job opportunities and bring new skills to the region, as wherever possible, Derillion Energy Jamaica will look to employ local residents for the construction and delivery of the 12-month programme. Thereafter, job opportunities will remain in the area as skilled and experienced teams will be required to carry out regular maintenance throughout the plant’s lifespan.
This trailblazing project is likely to be followed closely by the other Caribbean islands who will be looking to draw upon Jamaica’s knowledge gained from this major undertaking, with a view to deploying similar installations elsewhere in the region.
Keenan Gratrick, CEO Aten Group and Partner with Derillion Energy Jamaica commented:
“We are delighted to be working with Derillion Energy and REIL on this ground-breaking project. Our aim is to bring valuable expertise to the region, whilst working with local contractors and partners to deliver global sustainable energy transition; innovating, educating and solving what may seem to some as intractable renewable energy challenges.”