Dominican Republic cement producer, Domicem, has held a groundbreaking for the first phase of a solar farm in Sabana Grande de Palenque, a municipality on the south coast of the country and the location of Domicem’s cement plant.
The project forms part of the company’s sustainability initiatives, allowing it to replace traditional fossil fuels with renewable energy. In addition to the solar farm, the company sources power from a wind farm, while also reducing its power requirements through the introduction of more energy-efficient equipment.
Last year, a new vertical mill was installed at Domicem’s cement plant, reducing energy consumption by over 30%. The company has also installed a modern hybrid filter for “micro-dust reduction,” it said in a press release.
The new solar farm will result in a reduction in carbon emissions of almost 1.5 million kg per year. There are also plans to quadruple the size of the solar farm as part of a second phase of development.
In addition to the Sabana Grande de Palenque cement plant, Domicem operates two distribution terminals, one in Jamaica and one in Haiti. The company is part of Colacem, a privately-owned company based in Italy with cement plants in Italy, Albania, Tunisia, and Canada, as well as Dominican Republic.
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