Last Friday, National Energy Commission president Enrique Ramirez, highlighted the potential of the country’s Caribbean coast to generate wind power. Citing studies, he pointed out that the output could be as high as 1,200 megawatts, the same as two coal-fired plants of 600MW each.
Ramirez’s statements come just one day after president Danilo Medina cut the ribbon the EGE-Haina power company’s second stage of the Los Cocos Wind Farm in Juancho, Pedernales, built at a cost of U$100 million.
The new wind farm adds an additional 52 megawatts to the national grid, and now totals 85MW, including 25MW from of the first stage and 8 from the nearby Quilvio Cabrera Wind Farm.
He pointed out that in the southwest, especially from Barahona to Pedernales, there’s enough wind to warrant the installation of wind farms that can generate up to 1,200MW.