WindStream Technologies Inc., a U.S. maker of renewable-energy systems, agreed to provide units totaling more than 5 megawatts to Jamaica Public Service Co. to sell to its customers.
WindStream, based in North Vernon, Indiana, will receive about $22 million from the utility as it delivers 2,600 units over the next 18 months, Chief Operating Officer Travis Campbell said yesterday. The systems, which can combine solar and wind generation, average about 2.5 kilowatts and can be installed in less than a day.
“We want to give those customers a chance to make renewable energy without everything becoming a science project,” Campbell said in a telephone interview. “It’s almost like a washer or dryer -- it’s like an appliance.”
With average energy costs in Jamaica significantly higher than in the U.S., it’s a great market for WindStream to deploy its distributed-generation technology, Campbell said.
“We’re going to be where the cost of energy is higher, and where energy is nonexistent,” he added.