12 Sep '13, 3pm

Dominican Republic To Get Large-Scale Solar Park

Dominican Republic To Get Large-Scale Solar Park

German renewable energy developer Wirsol has begun construction on a 64-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in the Dominican province of Monte Plata, the company said. Wirsol plans to connect an initial 32 MW to the grid by the end of 2013. "President Danilo Medina Sánchez has personally awarded the country's first power purchase agreement to us," said Markus Wirth, a member of Wirsol’s board of directors. The PPA was granted by the Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Electricas Estatales (CDEEE), meaning that electricity from the project will be sold directly to the state. In the Dominican Republic, a recent population increase and rapid economic growth have combined to create rising electricity demand. The island nation still relies primarily on fossil fuels, largely diesel and gas, and although its solar irradiation is 50 percent higher than Germany’s, there has been very li...

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