Caribbean News Now reports that president of Solamon Energy Jay Yeo has confirmed plans for solar solutions targeting the island’s old open-pit bauxite mines. Later this month, Solamon executives will be in Kingston, Jamaica, to meet with leaders at local universities, airports, hotels, and gated communities, as well as with politicians and manufacturers to discuss the plan. Here are excerpts:
Bauxite, a surface mineral, is found throughout the limestone hills of western Jamaica and was mined extensively after the Second World War and then shipped abroad. Now thousands of bauxite mines lie unused, dug to produce alumina, remaining eyesores on the tropical Caribbean island. Research funds have been recently allocated to develop several of these mines into agricultural farms, and Solamon has the resources to supply a finite number of solar farms.
Most of the old bauxite mines were bought by the Jamaican government in the 1970s, and therefore Solamon is meeting with senior government officials, including the Bauxite Institute, to determine priorities and to begin site surveys. While turning barren hillsides into solar farms and generating electricity for local homes and businesses, Solamon intends to solve several problems.
Solamon will hire and train local teams to survey sites, construct arrays, and install, test, monitor and maintain equipment; Solamon will work with local officials to provide the best solution for the selected location, whether a university, hospital or office building, integrating not only solar, but also the latest wind technologies to maximize efficiencies; Solamon will effectively lessen Jamaica’s dependence on fossil fuel, notably oil, one Apollo Acre at a time, powered by the sun; and Solamon will continually provide self-sufficient solutions that pay for themselves, rather than enabling a foreign companies, including banks, to control power supply.
[. . .] Solar farms are being integrated into fields and atop rooftops with renewed enthusiasm around the world. At a series of upcoming meetings in Kingston, Solamon will be inviting numerous Jamaican companies to deploy Apollo Acres onto unused bauxite mines and land in general, whether hillsides, swamps or parking lots.
[. . .] Solamon Energy designs and installs integrated arrays of ground-mounted photovoltaic cells that are connected by cable to each other and to converters, inverters, batteries and transmission points, utilizing minimally 5 acres of land per unit, which is called an “Apollo Acre”. Solamon is focused on packaging and delivering turnkey systems across the Caribbean, and seeks to open field offices in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados and Belize.
Photo of solar energy installation in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), which has turned towards clean green solar energy to power up its airport facility, the King Airport; see http://www.greenlaunches.com/alternative-energy/caribbeans-largest-solar-energy-installation-finds-its-place-at-king-airport-virgin-islands.php