EEP Promotes Renewable Energy Projects in Dominican Republic

Central America, July 23, 2014. In order to support sustainable development of the Community Mano Juan, Saona Island, Dominican Republic, the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SG-SICA) and the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), through the "Energy and the Environment Partnership with Central America (EEP)", in coordination with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), sponsored the installation of an electricity mini-power plant through a photovoltaic system, consisting in 226 solar panels, to supply electricity to 86 homes, the primary care center, the primary school, the business center, and the center for control and surveillance in the Community Mano Juan.

The total cost of the project being developed by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, the National Energy Commission (CNE) and the Community of Mano Juan, Isla Saona, was USD 369,187.00, and the contribution of the EEP was USD 206,000.00. The main objective is to improve the quality of life and the environmental awareness of rural populations living in protected areas of Dominican Republic, by accessing permanent electrical services from the sustainable use of renewable energy resources with a communitarian point of view. The direct beneficiaries are 89 families (approximately 500 people) living in the island, who will have the service of lighting in their homes, and reduce the diesel consumption for approximately 2,052 liters per month. The project also trained 85 community members to ensure sustainability of the project, who will be responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of the PV units (solar panels, inverters and batteries).

The inauguration ceremony was held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:30 am at the project facilities in Saona Island, in the presence of representatives of the public and private sectors related to the topic, regional and international institutions and other key actors interested in the promotion of clean energy. Mr. Enrique Ramirez, President of the National Energy Commission (CNE), chaired the event, and with him participated, Ms. Zoila González, Vice Minister of Environmental Management of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Dominican Republic; Ms. Dolores Mota, President of the Board of the Community and Dr. Salvador Rivas, Regional Coordinator of EEP. "For CNE is an honor to attend the inauguration of the mini photovoltaic plant of 50 kW in Mano Juan in Saona Island. We strongly believe that this represents one of the little big things that are done daily during the presidency of Mr. Danilo Medina. This project will impact profoundly over 500 people, providing them clean energy. We are sure that from now on, their lives will change positively and the development will come to this beautiful Saona Island”, expressed the CEO of CNE, Mr. Enrique Ramirez.

The opening of the plant was blessed by the Father Marcelino Abreu, from Santa Rosa Pina, La Romana, and the words from the beneficiaries of the project were given by Mrs. Dolores Mota, President of the Community of Saona Island, who said that this work is "a dream come true for all the residents of this place, and we will take care of it as a treasure."

The EEP program supported this project and others with seed capital from the cooperation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Austrian Development Cooperation and the European Union, and is expected to contribute to improving the quality of life of communities, promoting their sustainable development.

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Boletín Informativo de la Secretaría General del SICA