Jamaica lets the sun shine in

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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A pilot project just launched will see new renewable power sources for aircraft parked at airport gates being introduced at two facilities in Jamaica, beginning with Norman Manley International airport.

The project involves the installation of gate electrification equipment, along with a solar power generation facility.

Aircraft have traditionally made use of APUs or GPUs at the Jamaican airports but the new solar-at-gate solution being installed in Jamaica will eliminate the carbon dioxide emissions from these fossil fuel-powered solutions. The change demonstrates a practical and cost-effective means by which the Caribbean country and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can reduce their aviation carbon emissions.

“This new solar-at-gate solution will replace carbon intensive sources of energy for parked aircraft with more sustainable renewable options,” affirmed the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority's Deputy Director General, Rohan Campbell. “The importance of this flagship project for the aviation sector in Jamaica, and for other Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean, is hard to overestimate.”


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