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BMR looks to expand in Jamaica

Malvern , St Elizabeth — Just over a year since formal commissioning of its wind farm at Potsdam, Malvern, high in the Santa Cruz mountains, the leadership of BMR Jamaica says the company will not rest on its laurels.

President of BMR Jamaica, Bruce Levy, told Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other visitors recently that the company is now eyeing expansion of renewable energy generation in Jamaica, not just in wind but also solar.

“This is not the only (renewable energy) plant we expect to have in Jamaica, (and) we expect to expand this one,” Levy declared during a welcoming ceremony at the headquarters of the wind farm in Potsdam.

“We are also looking at other places to build renewable plants …” he added.

Levy later told journalists that BMR was assessing the possibility of three additional wind turbines on “empty (leased) lands” at Potsdam and solar plants elsewhere in Jamaica.

He spoke of “opportunities to do solar in several places in Jamaica … we need flat land (for solar). wherever there is flat land, the sun is strong — all over Jamaica — so we think there are opportunities for solar plants there,” he said.

Acquired last year by renowned entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, the wind farm at Potsdam — down the road from Munro College — boasts 11 state-of-the-art wind turbines, each producing 3.3 megawatts of power, for a total of 36 megawatts.

Published in the Jamaica Observer
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