ABB to supply 24.5-MW microgrid in Jamaica

Munro Wind Farm in St. Elizabeth Jamaica (© Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS))

February 28 (Renewables Now) - ABB (VTX:ABBN) will provide a 24.5-MW microgrid facility and energy storage system to help integrate solar and wind into Jamaica's power supply, the Swiss-based group said today.

The microgrid will support power availability during periods of interrupted solar and wind sources due to clouds, low wind or other factors.

Jamaica is a large tropical island, whose population surges at peak tourist times and its hotels, restaurants and homes are heavily reliant on costly imported fossil fuel, ABB notes.

Emanuel DaRosa, president and chief executive of Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd (JPS), said this is one of the most significant projects for the utility this year and added it will be a model for other countries in the Caribbean and beyond. "ABB’s innovative technology will enable us to leverage clean renewables into our energy mix while securing grid stability and ensuring reliable power supply to consumers," DaRosa said.

JPS has integrated about 160 MW of renewable energy into the power grid, which represents about 25% of its generation capacity.

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