Environment

Caribbean’s largest solar array goes online

The first phase of the facility comprises 132,000 solar panels
The first phase of the facility comprises 132,000 solar panels
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The first phase of the facility comprises 132,000 solar panels
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The first phase of the facility comprises 132,000 solar panels
Following the completion of the second phase, there will be 270,000 panels installed, with an expected annual output of 50,000 MWh
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Following the completion of the second phase, there will be 270,000 panels installed, with an expected annual output of 50,000 MWh

A 33.4 MW photovoltaic solar array in the Dominican Republic has gone live this week. The installation at the Monte Plata solar facility is claimed to be the largest in the Caribbean and a planned second phase of the project is expected to take it to a capacity of 67 MW.

Developed by Phanes Group in partnership with General Energy Solutions and Soventix, the first phase of the facility comprises 132,000 solar panels, reportedly tripling the number of solar panels in the Dominican Republic. Following the completion of the second phase, there will be 270,000 panels installed, with an expected annual output of over 50,000 MWh.

General Energy Solutions says the Monte Plata facility will provide clean electricity to more than 50,000 households and will save an estimated 70,000 tons of CO2, compared to electricity generated using fossil fuels. In addition, Phanes Group says it expects the plant to help free the country from high electricity prices caused by importing fuel that have restricted its economic development.

The first phase of the Monte Plata solar facility was inaugurated on Tuesday, with the second phase expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Sources: Phanes Group, General Energy Solutions

3 comments
Bradley Green
is it hurricane proof?
StWils
This is of course, a great step forward. However it will be a lot more impressive when pretty much every suitable roof has an appropriately sized array on it. Such a transition is coming closer as the price of solar continues to drop even as the amount of electricity captured per square foot continues to rise. Just in the last week or so the financial industry has publicly started to drop investing in coal and Peabody Coal apparently is near to filing chapter 13. Killing off Coal is the bigger and more important accomplishment. And every square foot of solar cells is making that possible.
AlBerard
They should import storage batteries from Tesla Powerwall or some other to store power made in the daytime to tap into at night .
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