Wigton Windfarm Launches Its First Endorsed Book

It was a proud moment for Wigton Windfarm Engineer and Author, Oswald O. King, (second left) at his book launch, when he viewed a copy of the first edition of his science publication with (from left) Chairman, Wigton Windfarm Limited, Duane Smith, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Hillary Alexander, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Senior Education Officer, Ministry of Education, Youth and Education, Roy Taylor and General Manager, Wigton Windfarm, Earl Barrett. The launch, which was hosted by Wigton Windfarm Limited, was held at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston on August 16.

Renewable energy company Wigton Windfarm Limited launched its first endorsed book “Understanding Wind Energy: Youth Repowering the Future” at the PCJ Auditorium marking another milestone for the company.

The book’s author, Energy Engineer, Oswald O. King; who has been employed at Wigton for the past nine years, explained his rationale for writing the book; “Wigton accommodates school tours at the facility and each tour that I guided I noticed that the students asked the same set of questions. This made me realize that there was a gap in the information that is available to them so I decided to write a book to make information about wind energy and wind farm operations available to students.”

He further added that his research revealed that there were books readily available about renewable energy but not tailored towards an in depth explanation about wind energy and its electricity generating potential. Consequently, his publication is the first of its kind to be written in Jamaica that is focussed solely on wind energy and wind farm operations.

The book has been approved by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and will be used as teaching material to educate secondary school students in grades 7 to 9 about wind energy and how it can be harnessed for the generation of electricity. It is anticipated that the book will be published and made available in stores by the end of September 2017.

While speaking at the book launch Earl Barrett, General Manager, Wigton Windfarm expressed his enthusiasm about the publication which provides information that supports public education, “We are eager to get more information out in the public domain about how amazing it is to transform a natural resource such as wind into something that enables us to flip a switch and get electricity,” he said.

“The book is an excellent teaching tool for students as it explains in very clear and simple terms, the operations of wind turbines and how the different technological components work together to generate electricity which is supplied to the grid then makes its way into their homes and to other consumers,” he added.

While delivering the keynote address at the launch, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. Andrew Wheatley commended the author for his bold undertaking. “Commendations to Oswald for writing a book which speaks to our vision as a country and supports the transfer of knowledge that is critical for our nation to move forward. It will give its readers an appetite and appreciation for renewable energy while developing their mind-set and approach to innovation,” he said.

The Wigton Windfarm operates a 62.7 MW wind generating plant in Rose Hill, Manchester. The company also operates a Renewable Energy Training Lab that offers short practical and theoretical courses in various aspects of alternative energy including solar thermal, photovoltaics, wind power, fuel cells, concentrated solar power, energy consumption and measurement, small hydro and bio-energy.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. Andrew Wheatley (left) and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Hillary Alexander (centre) pose with Wigton Windfarm Engineer and Author, Oswald O. King at the launch of his book, “Understanding Wind Energy: Youth Repowering the Future”. The new publication has been endorsed by the Wigton Windfarm Limited where King has worked for close to a decade. The launch, which was hosted by Wigton, was held on August 16 at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston.