Dominican Republic okays 93 MW of new solar projects

The Montecristi Solar power plant in Guayubin, Dominican Republic. Author: PresidenciaRD. License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

November 22 (Renewables Now) - The Dominican Republic’s national energy commission (CNE) has awarded definitive concessions for two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects promising some 93 MW/105.72 MWp of new capacity, it announced in a series of press releases last week.

CNE approved the construction and operation of the Parque Energy Solar del Este Cabreto I, in Santo Domingo province. The project is owned by French solar developer Urbasolar, through local arm Energy Solar Del Este Cabreto I SAS.

According to CNE, the 50-MW Cabreto l scheme is designed to have a peak capacity of 55.4 MWp.

France-based Urbasolar is part of Swiss energy group Axpo Holding AG.

The second definitive concession was granted for the 43-MW/50.32-MWp Planta Solar Marti PV plant project, in Santo Domingo province. Local propane gas distributor Tropigas Dominicana is the company behind the development.

During the same week, CNE signed a contract to award a definitive concession to Ridge Partners Linea Noroeste SA, the domestic subsidiary of Illinois-based green projects developer Ridge Partners LLC.

The concession will allow Ridge Partners to build a solid waste biodiesel plant in Valverde province. The company estimates the facility will be capable of producing 23.44 million gallons (88.73m litres) per year.

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