Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Commonwealth of Dominica: Testing Begins at 7 MW Geothermal Power Project

Well Testing on New CBI-funded Geothermal Plant in Dominica Officially Starts (News Release)

Today marks another milestone in Dominica's journey towards a majority reliance on renewable energy and a carbon negative future. The Ministry of Trade, Energy and Employment and the Dominica Geothermal Development Company announced that well testing on the site of the new geothermal plant will commence on October 8th. The project will drive the country's energy mix to 51% renewables.

Energy Minister Ian Douglas says that the new geothermal plant "will benefit all sectors of productive activity in Dominica." It will initially generate 7MW of clean energy able to supply 23,000 homes across the island, which represents nearly the whole Dominican population. Eventually, Dominica has the potential to be a net exporter of green energy, for example, to nearby French territories Martinique and Guadeloupe via submarine cables.

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