August 27, 2013 - Solar panels from SolarWorld now power a large solar-electric installation in the Caribbean nation of Dominican Republic. The 1.5-megawatt solar array sits near the runway of Cibao International Airport. The system, a complete solar solution featuring SolarWorld's solar panels and proprietary racking, generates enough clean energy to support about half of the airport's energy needs.
In late July, Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina and Felix Garcia, the president of the airport's Board of Directors, presided over the plant's commissioning.
"As a company with business ties to Latin America dating back more than 30 years, SolarWorld has long understood that solar power is an essential part of the region's energy mix," said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas. "For island nations like Dominican Republic, solar offers a clean and cost-effective solution to dependence on expensive imported oil for power generation."
The project was developed and installed by Dominican-based Trace Solar SRL within the framework of the country's renewable energy laws, which use tax incentives and net metering to encourage solar deployment. Trace collaborated with SolarWorld's engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) division to design the system, which is composed of 5,880 SolarWorld Sunmodule solar panels mounted atop the company's Sunfix Ground Mount racking. The array is expected to generate 193,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every month. According to government estimates, this rate translates to a monthly savings of about 1,240 barrels of oil.