In June of this year the biomass-to-energy plant of SPBE was registered under the Clean Development Mechanism standard, established by the Kyoto Protocol. With this, the project will be able to periodically issue emission reduction certificates.

The project, located in San Pedro de Macoris, in the east of the Dominican Republic, came into operation in June 2017 and is based during its first phase on a cogeneration unit of 30 MW turbine and a high-efficiency boiler. The plant is fueled by sugarcane bagasse from the Cristóbal Colón sugar mill, with a complementary supply of woody biomass from dedicated plantations.

Due to its technology, the project is the first-of-its-kind at the national level and one of the most outstanding in the region. In its first phase, the project will provide firm power and close to 200 GWh of net renewable energy to the Dominican electricity grid, thus avoiding the emission of about 90 thousand tons of CO2e annually.