Jamaica has announced its participation in the Solar Head of State coalition and the installation of solar PV panels on the national executive office.

Jamaica is a climate leader among the Caribbean island states - the solar installation demonstrates Jamaica's commitment to a 30% renewable energy transition for electricity generation by 2030. 

The installation work will be undertaken by U.S firm Solar Island Energy, working with the National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and Envisage Energy, a local Jamaican company focused on being part of their island’s sustainable future. The project is supported by Elms Consulting, a London-based strategic consulting firm working to accelerate sustainable development on islands.

The solar PV panels for the Jamaica House Solar Head of State project are donated by Trina Solar. Jifan Gao, Trina’s founder, is a leading figure in China’s booming solar industry. This project is being done in coordination with the Clinton Climate Initiative and Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room’s Islands Energy Program.

The Jamaican House installation will be a shining beacon of the importance of solar energy for Jamaica's future, and an indication of the government's commitment to using renewable energy. While island nations such as Jamaica are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, this project is a reminder that they are also leading in finding solutions.