JPS has now signed a Power Purchase Agreement, with Eight Rivers Energy Company, which will be constructing a 37MW Solar Power Plant in Paradise Park Westmoreland later this year. Under the agreement, JPS will be purchasing electricity from the new solar facility for twenty years, to the year 2038.
Speaking at the contract signing, His Worship, the Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore, expressed enthusiasm for the new development. Noting the decline of the sugar industry in Western Jamaica, he said he looked forward to the employment opportunities that the construction of the new facility would bring. The construction period of the plant is expected to hire some 200 to 300 persons (at peak).