September 11, 2013 – Wirsol has started with the construction of a big solar park of the Caribbean in the Dominican Monte Plata province with a total capacity of 64.14 megawatts (MW). Wirsol wants to complete the first phase with 32.14MW and go on the grid by the end of the year.
"Due to our many years of experience, both the local population and the Dominican government have significant trust in us," says Markus Wirth, Member of Wirsol's Board of Directors. "President Danilo Medina Sánchez has personally awarded the country's first power purchase agreement to us," Wirth continues. Monte Plata is the Dominican Republic's first solar park.
Irradiation in the Caribbean is about 50% higher than in Germany, yet up to now the sun has barely been used as a resource in the region. "The government provides indirect support for projects with renewable energies through a favorable tax treatment," the consul of the Dominican Republic in Madrid, Frank Bencosme explains.
Wirsol has met the environmental regulations that comply with European standards. With its UN-registration as an emissions-reducing power station, the plant has received an official quality seal for sustainable development from Geneva. Already upon completion of the first construction phase, up to 33,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year can be avoided.
For the Monte Plata project, Wirsol was able to rely on a network of contractors from the Dominican Republic. In the future the technical management as well as new projects in the region will be implemented by the local subsidiary company Wirsol Caribbean.