AES breaks ground on 58-MW solar plant in Dominican Republic

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November 20 (Renewables Now) - AES Dominicana, a unit of AES Corporation (NYSE:AES), announced on Tuesday that it has broken ground on a 58-MW solar plant in the Dominican Republic.

Located in Angostura region, AES Bayasol, as the photovoltaic (PV) project is called, will consist of 145,000 solar panels with a 405-Wp capacity each. The solar park is being built by Spanish firm TSK Electricidad y Electronica SA. According to the energy ministry, the total cost is estimated at USD 60 million (EUR 54.1m).

AES Bayasol is expected to generate around 100 GWh of clean electricity per year, to be added to the National Interconnected Electricity System (SENI) of the Dominican Republic. Commissioning is expected to occur in up to 12 months, according to AES Dominicana's president, Edwin de los Santos.

In the upcoming years, the country should add 2,000 MW of renewable energy to its grid, the director of the National Energy Commission, Angel Cano stated.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.903)

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