Monday 12 November, 2018

Hampton saves big on electricity bills through PCJ energy projects

The Hampton School in St Elizabeth has saved close to $5 million on its electricity bills through the successful execution of two energy intervention projects at the institution by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).

Under a $62 million Solar PV Project implemented at 15 schools island wide to reduce public sector energy bills, the PCJ installed a 10 kWh Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system at Hampton in 2015.

The system, which includes 42 solar panels, three grid-tied inverters and a data logger, cost $3 million. Since installation, the intervention has reduced the school’s energy consumption by 28,457.19 kWh which has resulted in savings of more than $830,000 on electricity bills.

The PCJ also executed a $6 million light-emitting diode (LED) lighting upgrade project at the institution in 2016 which has generated savings of more than $3.9 million.

At a handing over ceremony, held on April 13 at the School, the Principal, Rosanne Lounges said, “I am very happy and grateful that Hampton School is among the beneficiaries of energy intervention projects carried out by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica. On behalf of the Board of Management, our staff and students I want to thank the PCJ for its contribution to our school’s development.”

Dr. Peter Ruddock, the PCJ’s Manager, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency said, “The projects carried out at Hampton School are part of the PCJ’s efforts to reduce public sector energy cost through renewable energy and energy efficiency interventions.” 

“We are pleased with the results of the projects as both undertakings have generated savings and cut back on expenses that would have otherwise been incurred by the school. I want to encourage everyone to play their role in ensuring that the projects are maintained so that the school can continue to reap savings for years to come.”