Dominican Republic

Spanish renewable energy developer in line for Dominican Rep concession

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Spanish renewable energy developer in line for Dominican Rep concession

The board of the Dominican Republic’s national energy commission (CNE) has recommended to the executive branch that a definitive concession be granted to Energía Renovable BAS.

Energía Renovable BAS, a subsidiary of Spanish renewable energy company BAS Corporation, holds a provisional concession for the proposed 50MWn (73.2MWp) Washington Capital Solar Park 3.

Previously, power regulator SIE greenlighted the award of the 25-year concession for the plant, which is planned for the Mata de Palma area in San Antonio de Guerra municipality, Santo Domingo province. 

Studies were carried out by Electrotex del Caribe.

In the Caribbean nation, BAS developed the 50MW Washington Capital Solar Park that came online in 2019 and is building the 50MW El Soco solar park, due to enter service this year.

Earlier this month, the CNE and WCGF SOLAR II signed a definitive concession contract for the 50MWn (67MWp) Washington Capital Solar Park 2 project.

The CNE, meanwhile, issued resolutions declaring the expiration of two provisional concessions.

A provisional concession expires when the developer does not carry out studies within the granted term (usually 18 months), according to the commission, which highlights the need “for the smooth running and development of the sector.”

The concessions belong to Fotonova Dominicana and Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago for the respective solar projects Bayaguana (100MWn, 130.69MWp) and Utesa (60MW).

Developers are allowed to request power generation concession renewals.

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