Funding an Offshore Wind Farm

Funding an Offshore Wind Farm

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The funds from the recently failed LNG project which was expected to cost over US$602 million could be channeled to an offshore wind farm capable of lowering Jamaica’s monthly energy bills permanently unlike the failed LNG project which was subjected to imported natural gas. In order to ensure that our country stops digging the ‘borrow from Peter to pay Paul’ pit, the country needs to ensure that it has a solid project that will guarantee that we repay US$750 million dollars from the IMF Agreement, a venture that will pay off the loan, help to stabilize the economy, provide jobs and most importantly lower energy bills to boost local manufacturing. An offshore wind farm will provide all that and more, besides the environmental, economic and social impact, an offshore wind farm will drastically reduce oil importation, lower monthly energy bills and above all, will generate the revenue required to pay back the IMF without borrowing from another institution to do so. This article is the second in the series on offshore wind power in Jamaica, the first: “Put the Wind to Work“, concentrated on how an offshore wind farm can work for our country, this article  will explore the finances of an offshore wind farm and compare the figures with that of the recently failed LNG project. These articles serve to present proof that 100% Renewable Jamaica is possible.
An Offshore wind Farm Vs the LNG Project
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Numerous Jamaicans, especially manufacturers, have impatiently waiting for lowered energy bills in order to produce internationally competitive products, were extremely disappointed after plans for a 360MW LNG Project failed to materialize earlier this year. This dream come true project was expected to lower energy bills by a whopping 62% to US₵15 per kilo watt hour according to [1]. This lowered energy price projected by the arrival of LNG was by no means permanent. This is due to the fact that our island does not produce the natural gas needed to run these turbines; therefore, like fossil fuel the island would be at the mercy of the gas suppliers. An increase in the imported gas prices would see a direct increase in monthly energy bill as the consumers absorb the loss.
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100% Renewable Jamaica: A wind, solar, hydroand an energy conscious country.
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A 360MW wind farm off the coast of Jamaica, would stand as one of the top 3 largest wind farms globally. The wind farm would create approximately 950 jobs for Jamaicans according to [5] during installation and while operating the farm. Similar to the Thanet offshore wind farm in England a Jamaican offshore wind farm will be able to reliably power 290,000 Jamaican homes [4]. Such an investment has the potential of earning the country US$288 million in gross revenues annually even if the farm produces below average at a 35% load factor. At this load factor about 1,152 GWh of energy would be produced annually and could be sold at US₵25 per kilo watt. This would result in a 40% decrease in energy cost compared to the US₵42 per kilo watt consumers currently pay.
 
Equating apples to apples: Offshore, better investment than LNG
A Jamaican wind farm producing 360MW costing would cost US$936 million to make the project possible[3] while the LNG project was expected to cost US$602 million. More importantly, LNG would require that the island spend an additional US$360 million annually to import the natural gas used to run the plant unlike the wind farm which only requires wind and maintenance to operate. Compared to the LNG project, investing in an offshore wind farm would provide a two fold benefit by first cutting a whopping US$295 million off the islands oil import bill while generating US$288 million in gross revenue.
An offshore wind farm will cost more at the outset but will be able to pay off the IMF loan in less than 4 years after which the cost of energy would be further reduce to US₵15 per kilo watt while generate a gross income of US$173 million annually. The cost for operating an LNG plant would fluctuate proportionally to the cost of the gas the plants use. Furthermore, an offshore wind farm can also be maximize as a tourist hub a take us one step closer to 100% Renewable Jamaica. Since the 15 square miles of the sea used for the wind farm will be reserved, thousands of sea creatures and marine life can create their habitat for divers and water world enthusiasts to explore and embrace. Investing the IMF loan in a Jamaican offshore wind energy generation plant located out at sea will ensure that the loan is used for a project that will payback for itself while creating jobs, lowering the cost of energy to revive our fighting manufacturing industry and stabilize our nation’s economy.
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  • Nella Verde Reply

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    March 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm
  • Patrick George Reply

    this is a truly well thought out extract. On the face of such a proposal things seem really rewarding. The concept of such a project would be a solid investment in jamaica and would certainly boost the country if exploited effectively. A important issue though would be the benefit of offshore windfarm compared to land based wind farm.. The author of this article is indicative of a leader,,<>

    April 9, 2013 at 3:25 am
  • Lemon Ade Reply

    Good morning to you

    April 15, 2013 at 6:46 am
  • Rose Edwards Reply

    Wow. Beautiful

    April 15, 2013 at 9:58 am
  • Leighton ThingTwo Nelson Reply

    i think this should be ATLANTIC

    April 15, 2013 at 10:54 am
  • Janet Patmore Reply

    love this…. which island?

    April 15, 2013 at 11:07 am
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Your correct Bro!… Thanks for making the observation

    April 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    This is one of the islands of the Bahamaas Janet Patmore

    April 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm
  • Adrian Paul Reply

    KB why is the government not buying into what you believe what is your feedback from the government

    April 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm
  • Amanda Clarke Reply

    nice

    April 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    🙂

    April 16, 2013 at 8:48 am
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Haven’t had any Adrian Paul, I’m just trying to educate the masses, I love sharing cool renewable energy info

    April 16, 2013 at 8:49 am
  • Clementina James Reply

    Kimroy, in response to Adrian Paul, you said you have not had any feedback from the Government. I take it that you sent a document to the Minister of Mining and Energy? He seems a very forward thinker you probably need to follow up with a phone call Kimroy.

    April 16, 2013 at 10:57 am
  • Farrel Walsh Reply

    Mek sense to me

    April 18, 2013 at 9:05 am
  • Sikandar Zhong Reply

    What else is there to say thia makes perfect sense the bigger question is what Paulwell and Pickergill deh pon not casting stones just saying . So how do we push for this idea does one write a letter to them . I wish the people would rally to these ideas more.

    April 18, 2013 at 9:08 am
  • Kyle Macneil Reply

    I support all renewable energy systems around the world the idea is there its probably more of the swaying of votes to have your govt pass the bill to build they will have to undergo a lot of testing which I assume is almost complete and funding I’ve forwarded an email to your organization about me and a crew of guys who would love to be part of this project in beautiful Jamaica hopes to hear back from you guys 🙂

    April 18, 2013 at 9:21 am
  • Ashaney James Reply

    I support 100% renewable energy because we will be able to reduce our debt and have a more positive growth rate per GDP. Coupled with that we will be able to ensure that every Jamaicans have access for clean energy.

    April 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm
  • Cassene Stephens Reply

    well researched!

    April 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm
  • Clover Gooden-Wilson Reply

    I think so too.

    April 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Do message me again Kyle Macneil ([email protected])…

    April 20, 2013 at 9:35 am
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    We need the support Ashaney James, all the support we can get… Clean benefit for all

    April 20, 2013 at 9:35 am
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Thanks Cassene Stephens… Thanks alot!… we do have the funding, contrary to popular beliefs

    April 20, 2013 at 9:36 am
  • Kyle Macneil Reply

    I have emailed you and I hope to hear back from you in the near future

    April 21, 2013 at 3:21 am
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Got it, replied… lets keep in touch Kyle

    April 25, 2013 at 9:14 am
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Great point Clementina, I actually have not made contact with MSTEM as yet but planning to do so in short order as soon as we have orchestrated our documents with the relevant research… Thank you so much for the guidelines would be great to have you help to see this project come to life

    April 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm
  • Kimroy Bailey Reply

    Yeah he truly is a forward thinker and I admire his contribution to the industry

    April 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm
  • Damani Mcnish Reply

    true

    May 16, 2013 at 10:27 am
  • Robertson Reply

    I visit wigton on an energy fiedtrip.
    This piece of information sounds good. But why the government playing with all of this power. Astonishing.

    I would like to see all those energy projects mentioned becomes a reality.

    July 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm

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