Thursday 21 February, 2019

PCJ, Wigton put energy into summer camps

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and its subsidiary Wigton Windfarm Limited have teamed up to host a youth summer camp series at the Wigton Renewable Energy Training Lab in Manchester between July and August.

The camps kicked off on July 5 with students from Winston Jones High and Manchester High School who placed in the top three of the PCJ Schools Energy Programme Competitions that wrapped up on June 29.

The second cohort will be made up of students from Westwood High and Cedric Titus High School. There will also be participants from the Mandeville Catholic College, Jamaica Environmental Trust, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

The energy companies have structured the camp activities to allow participants to engage in discussions about energy generation and career goals. Each of the participating groups will spend a day at the wind farm over a five week period.


Campers will learn about the history of Wigton Windfarm and the genesis of the renewable energy training lab, its course offerings and the state-of-the-art equipment which is used in the delivery of courses in all areas of renewable energy.

“The PCJ/Wigton Windfarm Summer Camps are a great way of exposing youngsters to energy technology in a relaxed setting while allowing them to ask questions and get answers from trained professionals in the industry. We hope that these interactions will shape their outlook on energy use based on the insight that they will gain about its generation while also peaking their interest in exploring a career in energy,” said the PCJ’s Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Camille Taylor.

“It will also be a fun experience that could result in the beginning of new friendships and a part of the story that they can share with others when they return to school,” she added.

The summer camps form a part of the corporation’s youth focussed education campaign that aims to sensitize young persons about energy related issues.

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