Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Gov't wants more youth employed in energy sector

 Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams.

The government is working to develop the energy sector and infrastructure to facilitate employment among Jamaica’s youth, says Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams.

Williams was speaking at the official launch of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS)/Marubeni Power International Innovation Lab (iLab) at JPS’s head office in New Kingston on Tuesday (October 29).

She said, with renewable energy sources and other options, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), becoming more widely incorporated in Jamaica’s energy mix, greater employment opportunities will be provided for the youth.

“Our power-generation plants are being made more efficient and we are also exploring the possibilities of electric vehicles, hence we will need expertise in all areas to build out the necessary infrastructure that we will need, and our young people will be a critical part of our energy plans,” she stated.

Williams said that globally, the renewable energy sector employed 11 million people in 2018, noting that employment in wind power supports 1.2 million jobs while 3.6 million jobs are in the solar PV industry.

Minister Williams praised JPS and its parent company, Marubeni, for creating the iLab.

iLab, which was developed in consultation with the University of the West Indies (UWI), aims to provide students and university graduates with valuable work experience in the energy industry.

Minister Williams expressed the hope that “this facility will be an incubator for greatness and that the products and solutions that will be created here will change, not just Jamaica but also the world”.

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