Swiss technology company ABB has secured an order from Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to supply its microgrid and storage system, which will support the integration of renewable solar and wind energy into Jamaica’s power supply.

JPS is an integrated utility company and a distributor of electricity. Its president and CEO Emanuel DaRosa said: “This is one of the most significant projects to be undertaken by JPS this year and will be a model for other countries in the Caribbean and beyond.

“ABB’s innovative technology will enable us to leverage clean renewables into our energy mix while securing grid stability and ensuring reliable power supply to consumers.”

“This innovative solution reinforces ABB’s position as a partner of choice in enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

Located around 500 miles southeast of Cuba, Jamaica’s commercial establishments and residential areas rely heavily on imported fossil fuels.

By using the ABB Ability enabled microgrid and power storage system, JPS intends to minimise fossil fuel usage and help to reduce the island’s carbon footprint.

The company is said to have already integrated around 160MW of renewable sources into the power grid so far.

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The 24.5MW microgrid and energy storage system supplied to Jamaica ensures power availability when solar and wind sources are interrupted due to cloud cover, reduced wind or other factors.

ABB Power Grids division president Claudio Facchin said: “This innovative solution reinforces ABB’s position as a partner of choice in enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

The Swiss company is reported to have installed its microgrid technology at more than 40 locations, including remote communities, islands, utilities and industrial campuses worldwide.