Ground breaks on 25 MW solar plant in Dominican Republic

Emerald Solar Energy, a joint venture between Canada-based Potentia Renewables and the Dominican group Cisneros, has started construction on a 25 MW solar power plant in Barahona, in the Dominican Republic.

The project’s ground-breaking ceremony was attended by the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina. According to a press release from the Presidency of the Republic, the project has an initial capacity of 25 MW, but an expansion of a further 25 MW is planned at a later stage.

The facility, named Parque Solar Canoa, is located near the municipality of Vicente Noble, in the province of Barahona. Part of the Support Plan for Renewable Energy Projects promoted by the Dominican government, it is expected to be completed in one year.

In April 2017, the country’s government included the project among the three PV projects planned for 2018. The largest of the initiatives is the 58 MW Montecristi Solar Park in Guayubín, the planned investment of which is around US$100 million, while the remaining project is a 50 MW solar park by the company WVG Energy in Mata de Palma, which will require an investment of €110 million.

Currently, large-scale wind and solar energy parks in the Dominican Republic have a combined capacity of around 195 MW. The country’s largest PV project is a 33 MW solar plant in Monte Plata. Furthermore, several MWs of DG solar projects are currently online in the country.