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August 11, 2014
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JPS, Caribbean Maritime Institute to replace street lights

The Jamaica Public Service (jps) and the Caribbean Maritime Institute on Friday inked a deal worth $5.17M for the replacement of 200 street lights with light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.

The project is an outgrowth of a memorandum of understanding signed by the two entities in July 2013, which saw collaboration on the replacement of 30 street lights along the Palisadoes Road.

Friday's contract signing, marked the second phase of the project, which is scheduled to commence within three weeks, and will see students of the Caribbean Maritime Institute retrofitting streetlights in sections of the Rockfort community, and along the Harbour View roundabout and the corridor leading into Port Royal.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister of Energy, Phillip Paulwell, informed the audience that the project would also make use of GPS technology, allowing for the tracking of stolen fixtures. He also pointed out that the project would create training and employment opportunities for persons in East Kingston, Port Royal and sections of eastern and southern St Andrew.

JPS President & CEO, Kelly Tomblin, noted that JPS was proud to be associated with the Caribbean Maritime Institute and its work - and importantly to be playing a leading role in the promotion of energy efficiency.

The LED streetlights will have a significantly longer life span than their HPS counterparts, will result in significant improvement in night visibility, and reduction in energy consumption by roughly 50 per cent.

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