October 19 (Renewables Now) - AES Dominicana, a unit of AES Corporation (NYSE:AES), announced on Tuesday that it had put into operation 20 MW of new energy storage battery systems in the Dominican Republic.
Located on sites in the Santo Domingo region, each of the two systems supplied by AES Energy Storage has a capacity of 10 MW. They are the first of their kind in Central America and the Caribbean, AES said.
The systems contribute to improving the efficiency and stability of the National Interconnected Electricity System (SENI) of the Dominican Republic. They have already helped prevent power grid problems in September when the island was hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Due to the use of energy storage instead of existing thermal power plants, the country's grid operator can enable the facilities to run at their most efficient level while the battery systems absorb and discharge energy on the grid as needed, AES Dominicana noted.