As a clean energy facility Wigton’s operations contribute to efforts to preserve the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change. Wind energy generation provides a viable alternative to combustion of traditional fossil fuels which cause greenhouse gas pollution.
The clean energy generated by Wigton reduces Jamaica’s oil consumption by more than 65,000 barrels each year. With the commissioning of Phase III in 2016, it is expected that the oil demand reduction will be approximately 100,000 barrels annually. Wigton’s output also avoids the emittance of almost 90,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Phase III will push that figure to more than 120,000 tonnes.
Wigton was also the first entity in Jamaica to successfully register Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As a result the company has successfully traded carbon credits under an Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) with the Dutch Government.