Political leaders and authorities of the Dominican Republic have inaugurated Mata de Palma, the biggest photovoltaic project in the Caribbean country as part of a strategy to restrict the use of fossil fuels. The 66,8MWp solar plant was built by DOMINION in the San Antonio de Guerra area, province of Santo Domingo.
This new project strengthens DOMINION’s cooperation with the Dominican authorities in their joint commitment to renewable energy sources, and consolidates its strategic position in the design, planning, construction and management of clean energy generation infrastructures.
The new photovoltaic plant, the biggest of its kind in the country, is equipped with 200,694 solar panels covering 90 hectares with an energy generation capability of 110,000 MWh (megawatt-hours) per year. It will cover the electricity demand from around 80,000 people living in the eastern area of the country and -from the environmental point of view- will avoid the emission of more than 50,000 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere every year.
The construction work on the new plant took almost one year and represented a major boost to employment, leading to the creation of around 500 direct jobs in the surrounding area.
With this electrical infrastructure, the Dominican authorities are giving a new drive to renewable energy sources in their commitment to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels. The solar plant built by DOMINION has become a strategic project and a benchmark in the production of renewable energies, with strong support from communities in the area and the municipal authorities of San Antonio de Guerra.