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In this week’s edition of “This week in the Dominican Republic” we learn about plans for a power plant at Saona Island, steps to reduce electricity costs and stabilize the supply, as well as continued success in Dominican Baseball.

Power plant at Saona Island

The Dominican Environment Ministry just announced plans to build a solar energy plant at Saona Island, part of the National Park of the East (Parque Nacional del Este) – one of the Dominican Republic’s most popular tourist spots, visited by more than 200,000 tourists a year on boat trips from La Romana, Bayahibe and Punta Cana.

The small solar energy power plant will generate 50 kw of electricity and replace its current power plants that uses fossil fuels.

The plant, which will cost US$400,000, will produce clean energy for the more than 110 low income families that live in the village of Mano Juan, Saona’s only permanent population.

The installation of a clean energy power plant will aid the protection of Saona Island in the National Park of the East  (Parque Nacional del Este).

Licey to represent the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Baseball Series

Santo Domingo’s Tigres del Licey baseball team will this Saturday be departing to Isla Margarita, Venezuela to represent the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Baseball Series, played between Mexico (Naranjeros Hermosillo), Venezuela (Navegantes, Magallanes), Puerto Rico (Indios, Mayagüez) and Villa Clara, the team from Cuba.

Ahead of their departure, president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina presented the team with the Dominican flag in a ceremony celebrated at the Dominican National Palace.

The Tigres del Licey won the Dominican Baseball League on Sunday with streak of 5-3 against Leones del Escogido.

100 electrical projects completed

The CEO of Dominican Republic’s State-owned electric utility (CDEEE) recently announced that some 100 electrical projects were completed over the last year, across the Dominican Republic, to solve energy losses in distribution.

Future plans to continue to improve the power situation in the Dominican Republic includes building over 825 kilometers of power lines and installing 43,000 remote-control meters and 8,000 macro-meters, steps which should help normalise the electricity supply for more than 130,000 customers.

There are also plans to use more natural gas and coal to produce energy, which will lower production costs.

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