Seaforth Energy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jamaica Agricultural Society to provide clean, green power to Jamaican farmers at a cost less than their existing supply.
Jamaican electricity costs approximately $0.38 per kilowatt hour, compared to approximately $0.13 in Nova Scotia. The majority of Jamaican power is generated by burning diesel fuel, which has an impact on the air, water, land, and ultimately, food produced in Jamaica.
Seaforth Energy is one of the world’s leading commercial-class wind turbine manufacturers.
Its AOC 15/50 turbines have the most operating hours and are longest-standing active 50 kW fleet globally. The AOC 15/50 has the most extensive third party testing and certifications in the 50 kW size class in the world.
AOC 15/50 wind turbines have been installed at locations all over the world, including Siberia, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Dominican Republic, and India. An AOC 15/50 wind turbine has been installed at an agricultural testing facility at the Gurteen Agricultural College in Tipperary, Ireland.
Seaforth Energy Inc.’s headquarters is located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Working with the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Seaforth Energy is launching Clean Energy for Jamaican Farmers. Clean Energy for Jamaican Farmers will enable Jamaica farmers to access a network of clean electricity supplied to the grid produced by AOC 15/50 wind turbines. Farmers who participate in the program may be in a position to sell excess power to the Jamaican electrical grid.
The program will involve approaching international development agencies such as CIDA (through the PROPEL program), the Canadian Climate Change fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Development Bank of Jamaica to help underwrite the cost of manufacturing and installing the turbines on land controlled by the society and member farmers.
The value proposition for prospective donor agencies is that developed countries have a vested interest in promoting economic and environmental sustainability in the developing world.
Clean Energy for Jamaican Farmers will help create a more sustainable and diversified agricultural industry in Jamaica by reducing cost of production, and establishing a point of differentiation for its products in the world’s market. The program will also help diversify Jamaica’s energy consumption to include more power created by wind energy, and help ensure a more sustainable food supply for the people of Jamaica.
The value proposition for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)—the economic development arm of the federal government in Atlantic Canada—is the creation and maintenance of manufacturing jobs in Nova Scotia.
ACOA provides support for Seaforth Energy’s innovative research and business development activities. Seaforth has also received an equity investment from Innovacorp. Seaforth Energy’s Wind Energy Project Developer Bruce Thompson adds that the Jamaican project is a direct result of a trade mission organized by ACOA together with Nova Scotia Business Inc.
For more information, contact:
Wind Energy Project Developer
Senator Norman Grant
Jamaican Agricultural Society
T 876. 922.0610 ext. 2
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, January 31, 2013