The Jamaica Social Investment Fund, through funding from the second cycle of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI – II) invested a total of J$37,135,912.42 to supply and install a 79.2 kW grid-tied photovoltaic system at the National Irrigation Commission’s Plumwood Pumping Station in Southern Manchester.
The project will benefit approximately 1,943 farmers who farm at the New Forest/Duff House Agro-Parks in South Manchester and South St. Elizabeth. These farmers benefit from water extracted by the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) for agriculture, provided by truckers who supply water to the farmers.
This sub-project aims to reduce the JPS energy cost of the National Irrigation Commission and allow the agency to continue subsidizing the cost of irrigation water for farmers. In addition to providing the NIC with an alternative energy source, the supplying, installation, and commissioning of this solar photovoltaic system in New Forrest will aid the NIC’s transition to clean and renewable energy for its operations.