SolarWorld Supplies Dominican Republic’s Largest Solar Installation

  SolarWorld Supplies Dominican Republic’s Largest Solar Installation

Cibao International Airport inaugurates 1.5 megawatts of SolarWorld panels and

Business Wire

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- August 27, 2013

Solar panels from SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more
than 35 years, now power the largest 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 country’s third largest
airport. The system, a complete solar solution featuring SolarWorld’s
high-quality solar panels and proprietary racking, generates enough clean
energy to support about half of the airport’s energy needs.

A 1.5-megwatt SolarWorld solar system at Cibao International Airport is
Dominican Republic's largest ...

A 1.5-megwatt SolarWorld solar system at Cibao International Airport is
Dominican Republic's largest solar installation. (Photo: Business Wire)

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. In a statement released July 23, Enrique Ramirez, president of
the National Commission of Energy, called the solar project one of the largest
and most ambitious in Latin America.

“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

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.

SolarWorld has supplied solar panels, mounting solutions and complete solar
systems for both on- and off-grid applications to customers in Latin America
since the late 1970s. Through its Solar2World program, which supports
community rural-electrification projects in developing economies, SolarWorld
has also donated panels to hospitals, medical clinics and water-treatment
facilities in Haiti, Peru, Mexico and Honduras.

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About SolarWorld

SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to
a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs
approximately 2,500 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany,
and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld
manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development.
Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers
all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company
maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has
committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has
been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at

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