Video: Jason Robinson creating a buzz in renewable energy market
Jamaica is set to achieve 30 per cent of its electricity from renewables within two years, putting the country in a good position to achieve the revised target of having 50 per cent of energy use being generated from renewable sources by 2030.
These strides made in the local energy sector represent a return on the investment Jason Robinson made to set up a renewable energy company in Jamaica, particularly during a period when consumers were unfamiliar with the solutions.
Jason Robinson is the CEO of Solar Buzz Jamaica, which focuses on lowering clients’ energy cost through solar and renewable energy installation.
“Ten years on… when I look at where we’ve come, it’s very remarkable, that we have made it this far and we have lasted. There have been many a solar company that has started and closed their doors,” Robinson told Young People in Business.
Watch the video edited by Ramon Lindsay for more details about Robinson’s journey.
Solar Buzz Jamaica has installed over 600 kilowatts of solar energy solutions across the island and worked with approximately 50 commercial and residential clients since the company started in 2010.
Robinson also recently installed of a 40kW system – the first substantial solar system on the science library at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus. The system is being used in the UWI curriculum to equip students with the knowledge and skills for the renewable energy field.
Robinson is now championing resilient power, which provides back-up electricity during outages while reducing electricity bills throughout the year.
Robinson said Solar Buzz's goal is to get solar and resilient power into the homes of all Jamaicans.
“So if we can get solar plus [resilient power] storage more affordable, working with NHT and get the banks… then they [Jamaicans]can be protected should we have prolonged period of blackouts in the event of a major hurricane,” Robinson said.