Dominican Republic to bring clean hydro power to rural communities

Author: Matt Berlin. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

July 16 (Renewables Now) - The Dominican Republic is to develop a governmental framework to bring clean power to rural communities through micro hydropower plants (HPPs).

Under an agreement signed on Friday by the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development (MEPyD), Isidoro Santana, and the director of the Rural and Sub-urban Electrification Unit, Thelma Eusebio, the former will "develop a planning and technical advice schemes so that no community in the country is left without electricity, in line with the National Development Strategy 2030 and the Objectives of Sustainable Development (ODS)", it stated.

In addition to the construction of micro HPPs, the agreement also includes activating the Bulb Substitution Program (PSB) in rural and urban areas by changing incandescent light bulbs for LED ones, the ministry noted.

Last week, the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Mines and Energy also announced it will now award concessions for renewable projects through bidding process.

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