JPS is reporting that it has kept its streetlight repair commitment which was made to the Government of Jamaica, in October 2018. At the time, JPS committed to repair 12,613 non-functioning streetlights by the new financial year in April 2019. The Company achieved this target at the end of February, having repaired 13,616 streetlights at that time. JPS teams are now continuing to repair the remainder of outstanding streetlights.
In the meantime, the smart LED streetlighting project is proceeding apace, with these lights being installed on the main thoroughfares of rural towns. In March, LED streetlights were installed on the main roads in May Pen and Lucea. In April, customers will see LED installations on the main streets of Mandeville, Port Antonio and Port Maria. While in May, the main roads in Black River, Santa Cruz and Morant Bay, will have new LED streetlight installations. Presently, teams are continuing to install LED streetlights in Kingston and St. Andrew, as well as the Portmore area. Once the main roads in the parish capitals and other main towns have been outfitted with LED lights, JPS will proceed with installations on side roads, avenues and other minor roadways.
The Company is investing US$8.4M or roughly J$1.05B this year in the LED streetlighting project. By the end of this year, roughly 65% of streetlights would have been converted to LEDs. The project is scheduled for completion by 2021, when all streetlights across the country will have been converted to LEDs.