NRECA International has been actively involved in rural electrification program design and implementation in the Dominican Republic for more than a decade. NRECA International’s initial activities included development of wind and solar installations in rural areas and participation in the development of a comprehensive national wind atlas, as well as the design and construction of new electric distribution systems that serve over 3,000 families in rural communities that were affected by Hurricane Georges.
In an effort to improve electric service and utility operations, NRECA International designed an integrated rural electric program in the western region of the country that included rehabilitation of a portion of the electric system and organization of the country’s first electric cooperative to operate and manage the system. Though the envisioned project was not allowed to become a reality, the portion of the rehabilitation project, which was funded by USAID and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), benefited more than 3,150 families. On the eastern Samana peninsula, NRECA International financed the installation of a 70 kW wind turbine and expanded grid service for the first time to 1,160 families in the area.
NRECA International is currently exploring micro-hydro, wind, solar and hybrid-system options for electricity generation in rural, peri-urban and remote communities throughout the Dominican Republic, with a focus on developing productive uses of electricity and increasing agricultural productivity. This work is being funded principally by USDA complemented with some initial USAID support.
- Established projects in Samana/Las Galeras, Las Matas de Farfan, and eastern Dominican Republic
- Innovative public/private initiative funded by USAID, USDA, government of the Dominican Republic and cooperative members
- Integration of wind generation in Las Galeras system on Samana peninsula
- Design and construction of new electric distribution systems serving more than 3,000 families in rural communities affected by Hurricane Georges