USSolar Institute Helps Boost Jamaica Solar Industry. In many ways, Jamaica is the ideal solar market.  It enjoys semi-equatorial sunshine all year round.  The island nation also has extremely high grid-utility prices, making solar energy an attractive option for homeowners and businesses looking to reduce costs.

And lastly, the country suffers from a devastating trade imbalance in which the energy it imports (oil, gas and coal) far exceeds the sum total of all products and goods that it exports.

 

However, despite these factors, Jamaica has remained on the sidelines of a solar boom that it should be leading.

 

Until now.

 

The Jamaican Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has recently introduced provisions that could help catapult the country to its rightful place at the green energy table.  In partnership with local utility provider, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), this new regulation allows independent power producers to essentially sell excess solar and wind