August 12 (SeeNews) - BMR Energy LLC on Thursday officially inaugurated its 36-MW wind power plant, located west of Jamaica’s capital of Kingston.
The wind scheme was supported by a USD-62.7-million (EUR 57m) financing package from the Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC), the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the IFC-Canada Climate Change Programme. Project owner BMR Jamaica Wind Ltd additionally invested USD 26.9 million of equity in the power park.
Toutes as the biggest private renewable project in Jamaica, the wind farm was installed in the Parish of St Elizabeth. It uses 11 turbines manufactured by Danish firm Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS), which also served as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the plant.
The wind park is expected to generate some 120 GWh of electricity per year, enough to meet roughly 3% of Jamaica’s current energy demand. Its output, which will help offset approximately 66,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually, will be sold to local utility Jamaica Public Service Co (JPS) under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
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