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Rural Electrification is the process of putting in place the necessary infrastructure to supply electricity to remote and rural areas (commercial and residential). Electrification forms one of the core functions of NESol under its mandate to expand the reach of electricity supply to rural areas where the provision of such services would not be economically viable for commercial providers of electricity.
The NESol’s core function relates to the implementation of pole line extensions in rural communities in order to facilitate the expansion of electricity to places that are considered uneconomical for the JPS to reach. Over the years the NESol has implemented a significant number of pole line extensions across the length and breadth of Jamaica. These pole line extensions have contributed significantly to economic development in the beneficiary communities.
In accordance with its mandate, NESol constructs electrical distribution pole lines in non-electrified areas based on specifications that are provided by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).
The process of electrification at NESol comprises the erecting of pole lines, the stringing of conductors (wires) and the installation of pole line accessories such as transformers and insulators. An application for certification is then made to the Government Electrical Inspectorate (GEI) for the line to be certified. The subsequent report generated by the GEI is forwarded to NESol, while the certificate, if the installation is approved, is sent to the JPS for processing. However, if the application is not approved, the report outlines the breaches. These are then corrected by NESol and another application submitted for approval. Upon approval, JPS energizes the line and the area is supplied with electricity.
Over its forty years of existence, NESol has facilitated the implementation of over 6,000 km of pole line electricity.
Factors Driving Rural Electrification
There are some factors continue to drive rural electrification and keep NESol relevant. These include:
- Informal Settlements – People continue to build houses in areas that are not electrified. As more houses are built, an informal settlement develops and soon the need for electricity is essential.
- The JPS is not able to satisfy potential customers who are not within specified proximity to the grid (approximately 100 km). In these cases, NESol is requested to assist. Renewable energy has also been considered to ease the costing burden associated with supplying some customers residing in very remote areas.
How to Get Electricity
in your Community
a. Discuss the need for electricity with your Councillor, Member of Parliament or Caretaker.
b. Determine whether the area for the proposed extension is over 100m away from the JPS Electricity Grid.
c. Discuss a financial contribution by your Member of Parliament towards defraying the cost of the pole line extension.
d. Send a letter of Request for Electricity to: The Managing Director,National Energy Solutions,113 Washington BoulevardKingston 20.
e. Include in your letter the following information:
- i. Date of request
- ii. Name of Community
- iii. Address of Community
- iv. Name of Contact making Submission
- v. Address of Contact
- vi. Telephone Number
- vii. Estimated length of Proposed Pole line Extension
- viii. Estimated number of houses
- ix. Estimated No of Persons to benefit
f. Once the Request is received NESol will respond to your request within two weeks of receipt at its offices.
g. The response will be followed by site visits in order to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the proposed pole line extension. The investigation will inter-alia include a review of:
- Land ownership and boundaries
- Soil type
- Terrain to determine size of poles to be installed
- Density of area
- The existing voltage in the area
NESol will prepare a preliminary report to determine feasibility of the project. This will include among other factors the cost of implementation and socio economic benefits. It is to be noted that the availability of funding is a major factor that could influence whether the project is approved to proceed to the design phase. Once funding has been identified the line extension will be approved to proceed to the design phase. The design phase will include survey to determine location of poles and other factors. Again the process is effected over several weeks as the pole line designs will have to be dispatched to JPS for approval. Once the Pole line extension is approved by the JPS, NESol is then able to proceed to the construction phase of the pole line extension.
The construction phase will entail selection of contractor to build the pole line extension in accordance with design specifications. The selection process is done in accordance with the Government of Jamaica Procurement guidelines.
AREAS TO BE ELECTRIFIED
NESol has achieved 97.5% electrification of rural areas. Notwithstanding there is still a number of areas that need the vital source of electricity in order to experience empowerment. When communities receive electricity it drives economic activities and development within the respective communities. It also enables educational development through access to the Internet. It provides a safer environment for residents. NESol will continue to be the driving force in ensuring electrification within communities that now lack electricity.
The following table highlights the number of
kilometres to be done in each parish.
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