The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is to undertake an initiative to provide low-income off-grid communities with solar PV kits.
In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Energy Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley said the pilot project will take into consideration 45 households.
The overall project goal is to provide up to 2,000 households with renewable generated electricity.
Wheatley noted that the project will seek to develop a replicable model for the promotion of sustainable energy supplies within communities that have depended mainly on candles, kerosene lamps or charcoal because it is not economically feasible to install conventional pole and line infrastructure.
He noted that the burning of kerosene and its use in a confined space are harmful to life and health adding that medical research shows the burning of kerosene to be harmful to the development of the young human brain.