A project company, Parque Eolicos del Caribe S.A., controlled by Akuo, has been set up for the project implementation.
The project involves cofinancing a wind farm with a capacity of 52 MW (25 Gamesa G114-2.1 MW turbines) in El Copey, 260 km to the north-west of Santo Domingo, one of the windiest regions in the Dominican Republic.
The project will have significant impacts on improving the quality of the electricity supply in the Dominican Republic. The wind farm will generate some 160 GWh of electricity a year and will contribute to making the electricity supply more reliable in a context of major outages. The project will also contribute to diversifying the local energy mix and to reducing the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.
The environmental impacts are positive, as the wind farm will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by some 78,000 teq CO2 every year. Finally, the wind farm will support 1,400 jobs in the country and will contribute EUR 22m to Dominican GDP over the project life cycle.