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Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica | 2019-01-28 14:48:00

The installation of a 15 kW Solar Photovoltaic System coupled with the completion of a major LED Lighting Upgrade Project carried out at Ardenne High School by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ); at a combined cost of about $8 million, has yielded estimated savings of J$5.4 million over the last three years.
A 10 kW solar PV System, which consists of forty two (42) 240W polycrystalline solar panels, three (3) 3.6 kW grid-tied inverters and a data logger for performance monitoring, has generated 43,500 kWh of electricity since it became operational in November 2015; which has saved the Kingston based institution $1.4 million on its utility bills. Additionally, a 5 kW solar PV system which consists of eighteen (18) 260 W polycrystalline solar panels, one grid-tied inverter and a surge protector installed in March 2016, has saved the school J$700,000.

The PCJ also replaced the fluorescent, incandescent and sodium vapour bulbs being used both indoors and outdoors at Ardenne with energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting. More than 1,250 LED lamps were installed at various locations across the school campus including classrooms, laboratories, staff rooms, restrooms and administrative offices; as well as the auditorium, the gymnasium and other recreational areas. This cross campus retrofitting has reduced electricity consumption by 98,000 kWh which equates to savings of approximately $3.2 million.

Ardenne is one of 15 schools and three government agencies that have received Solar PV systems under a $62 million initiative undertaken by the PCJ as part of its efforts to reduce the public sector’s energy bills.  The school formally acknowledged the PCJ’s intervention during a general assembly which was held at the institution on January 25, 2019.
While addressing the gathering, Ms. Denise Tulloch, Senior Research Officer at the PCJ said, “The PCJ is very pleased to mark the completion of a Solar Renewable Energy project to complement the Lighting Energy Efficiency project. These upgrade projects will have major impacts on shifting the energy consumption and expenditure profiles at Ardenne High School, while creating space for other innovations in the sphere of savings monitoring and verification.  We are encouraging the entire school community to ensure a continual return on this investment, by properly maintaining the system and practicing good energy conservation behaviours.”
Principal of the Ardenne High School, Nadine Molloy said, “We are literally a high energy school because we have a population of about 2000 students and 150 staff members and we utilise our technology facilities heavily.  Our monthly electricity bills were between $3 to $5 million but since the completion of the PCJ’s energy intervention projects we have seen a dramatic reduction in these bills.”

Posted By :Camille Taylor

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