April 11 (Renewables Now) - The 50-MW Agua Clara wind farm developed by Inkia Energy Ltd in the Dominican Republic started operations this Tuesday, the office of the country’s president Danilo Medina announced.
The Agua Clara project, located on a 120-hectare (296.5 acres) site, required an investment of USD 103 million (EUR 91.3m). The farm is equipped with 25 wind turbines of 2 MW each, capable of producing an estimated 170 GWh per year. It will supply electricity to more than 250,000 local households.
The 25-turbine farm is the first phase of the larger wind complex that Inkia Energy plans to build. The developer’s CEO, Willem Van Twembeke, said at the inauguration ceremony that the wind farm would be expanded in three more phases to reach 200 MW.
According to the president’s website, 2019 will be a good year for private renewable energy projects. Four wind farms, Matafongo of 34 MW, Guanillo of 50 MW, Guzmancito of 48.3 MW and Puerto Plata-Imbert of 46 MW, are expected to become operational this year. In addition, the Caribbean country will have two new solar photovoltaic (PV) farms, the 25-MW Solar Canoa and the 50-MW Washington Capital, ready by December. The plan is to reach 604.6 MW of renewable generation capacity, excluding hydropower, over the course of the year.
With the new 50 MW coming from Agua Clara, the Dominican Republic reaches 406 MW of renewable power.
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