December 20 (Renewables Now) - Power producer Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Haina SA, better known as EGE Haina, inaugurated on Wednesday a 48.3-MW wind farm in the Dominican Republic.
Located in Barahona province, the Larimar II plant is comprised of 14 V-117 wind turbines supplied by Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS).
With the completion of Larimar II, together with Los Cocos and Larimar I, EGE Haina has reached 175 MW of wind power capacity in the country. These plants can annually offset some 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and avoid the import of 900,000 barrels of oil.
Overall, EGE Haina has invested USD 800 million (EUR 702.98m) to diversify the Domincian Republic's energy mix, of which USD 400 million alone were directed towards wind projects. The local government also projects non-hydro renewables to hit 604.6 MW in 2019, it noted.
(USD 1 = EUR 0.88)