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The opening ceremony of the largest solar photovoltaic plant in Jamaica was held on Friday, 30th May. It is located on the rooftop of the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa in Lucea (Hanover) and was constructed by, Sofos Energía, the Lleidan subsidiary in the country. The act was attended by the General Manager of the Grand Palladium complex, José Morgan; the Director General of the Sofos Group, Juan Mayoral; The Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining of Jamaica, Phillip Paulwell; and the Spanish Ambassador in Jamaica, Celsa Nuño. The solar photovoltaic facility installed on the roof of the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, is not only the largest in Jamaica, but also the largest facility with these characteristics in the hotel industry throughout the Caribbean. This facility will allow the hotel complex to be more competitive, thanks to the energy and economic savings afforded by the new system, as well as affirming its commitment with the environment, since solar energy is clean and ecologically friendly. The Palladium Hotel Group will make an annual energy saving of 15%. José Morgan, General Manager of the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, commented during the opening ceremony that the hotel is pleased to be a pioneer within the industry as the first hotel in Jamaica that has embarked upon this kind of investment and he encouraged other companies capable of such an investment, to do the same: “It’s a triumph all round. Financially we win, the tourism sector wins and Jamaica, as a tourist destination, will win". Juan Mayoral, Director General of the Sofos Group highlighted the company’s commitment to help Jamaican companies become less dependent upon the national network. The Minister, Phillip Paulwell expressed his full support of schemes of this nature and congratulated the Palladium Hotel Group and Sofos Jamaica for this historical project. He also encouraged other local hotels to demonstrate their commitment to the environment and to reduce their energy bills by becoming involved with similar projects. The Spanish Ambassador in Jamaica highlighted in his speech that “this project redefines Spanish leadership in renewable energies”. Nuño also added that the implementation of these energy systems is vitally important for institutions and companies like the Grand Palladium, "they make perfect economic sense in a country with high energy costs such as Jamaica ".
Characteristics of the Facility A system comprising 6,336 solar panels of 250 Wp and 67 inverters, has been installed on the rooftop of the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, generating a peak power of 1.584kWp and a nominal power of 1.340kWn, which is forecast to provide an annual energy saving of 15%. It is expected that the Grand Palladium will save 80 million Jamaican dollars (US dollars 730.500) on energy costs per year, thanks to the installation of the photovoltaic energy plant. This project represents a total investment in the hotel of more than 3 million US dollars and full return on the investment is expected within 4.5 years. In 30 years, the hotel will have saved 22 million US dollars on energy. The photovoltaic solar systems used are specially designed for the Caribbean and are light-weight, low maintenance, made of anti-rust anodized aluminium and capable of withstanding hurricanes up to category 4. The photovoltaic systems are also equipped with software which allows instant access via internet to any device from anywhere, as well as system shutdown alerts and notifications via email or SMS.