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MIAMI. - The Dominican Government and the U.S. based company Sunovia Energy Technologies signed an agreement to install the first solar energy plant  in the country, said yesterday the company’s executive director Carl Smith.

He said Dominican president Leonel Fernandez has shown "tremendous passion to solve the country’s energy difficulties. They’ve realized that a bilateral approach, including responsible production of renewable energy together with the practice of conserving energy, is a critical step to take for the country to reach long term energy independence.”

The agreement, regulated under Dominican law for foreign investment incentives, stipulates an investment of around 200 million dollars and around 2,500 jobs.

Dominican Republic Export and Investment Center (CEI) director Eddy Martinez said the agreement is the result of the Caribbean nation’s "intense effort" carried out for years to lower its dependency on oil, "and to create new jobs and attract new investments to the island as well."

The contract with Sunovia Energy Technologies, based in Sarasota, Florida, is part of a wave of new investments in renewable energy in Dominican Republic, Martinez said.

Other U.S. companies take part in that wave, such as Masada Resource Group, STC Engineering and Burbano Recycling, which have built power and biofuel energy plants in Dominican Republic.

Martinez said his country, in addition to attracting investors in renewable energies, also seeks to expand investments in stem cell research, genetically altered foods and hybrid vehicles.

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39 comment(s)
Written by: BLANCO, 3 Feb 2009 8:01 AM
From: Dominican Republic
more solar panels..there seems to be a market for stolen ones!!

but this will be theft down the road. a way down the road
Written by: josean, 3 Feb 2009 8:09 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
"president Leonel Fernandez has shown "tremendous passion to solve the country’s energy difficulties."

He has ordered Kites for everyone so they can at least get some electricity during THUNDERSTORMS!
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 3 Feb 2009 8:32 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
Written by: BLANCO, 3 Feb 2009 8:01 AM
From: Dominican Republic
more solar panels..there seems to be a market for stolen ones!!

but this will be theft down the road. a way down the road.................You mean like the expression " His future X wife "
Written by: dreadlocks, 3 Feb 2009 8:51 AM
From: United States
oh God. who started him up?
Written by: Juango, 3 Feb 2009 8:54 AM
From: United States, far S. Florida (formerly Santo Domingo)
As I expressed earlier..Is this investment in PV module production or a generating station/plant? Sounds to me like Sunovia will build/assemble PV panels in a plant here on the Island. There is no way 2500 people can be employed in a generating station(s). There is nothing to do at a solar array. There is no way $200 MM will build enough solar capacity (at current PV module technology cost) to make a significant impact on the DR national grid. I wish them well. Sunovia website does not highlight any generation sites they have built. We shall see where this one goes. Sounds much like the biomass generations that LF announced to be built a few days ago, by some unknown company.
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 3 Feb 2009 8:59 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
I hear the cash register " ka ching "
Written by: josean, 3 Feb 2009 8:59 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Juango,

Please do not take this announcement seriously or try to analysis it logically. Remember this Fantasy Island headed by a double talking Shyster!
Written by: dreadlocks, 3 Feb 2009 9:01 AM
From: United States
juango , the soil is fertile for all kinds of rip off artists to start up projects here, of dubious merit, and sucker the less knowledgeable to "invest" there is a firm from eastern europe building a biodiesel plant, with the intent to sell it to some sucker , on completion. buyer beware. if the cost of oil stays where it is, in the short to medium term, investors will eat those machines. oil will top out at about 45-47 dollars per barrel this year, and rise to about 51 by the end of 2010. at those prices, biodiesel in the DR is untenable. the collection costs of the feedstock alone will make it a losing proposition. buyer beware!
Written by: Juango, 3 Feb 2009 9:43 AM
From: United States, far S. Florida (formerly Santo Domingo)
Yes, you guys do have a point. Why should Fantasy Island be changing at present time. I guess I look at things too logically. Same holds true for the large Biodiesel production in the country, Pie in the Sky, BS, Mierda ! I now see how much of a showman LF really is, he lives for the photo op and loves his press conferences. I guess when one is addressing the masses of uneducated/undereducated people , one really can shine as being brilliant beyond belief. Watch out DR, LF is setting up Margarita as the next PLD candiadate.
Written by: juanb, 3 Feb 2009 10:54 AM
From: Dominican Republic
I am reminded of two expressions:

He could screw up a free lunch.

He could screw up a w-t dream.
Written by: juanb, 3 Feb 2009 10:57 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Does anyone believe that this power, if it ever comes, will not be stolen? Why will those now stealing their power suddenly be willing to pay for it?


Oh, that's right. There is a 10 year old unenforced law on the books that NOW is going to be enforced.
The thieves are shaking in their pants.
Written by: josean, 3 Feb 2009 11:14 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
"I guess when one is addressing the masses of uneducated/undereducated people , one really can shine as being brilliant beyond belief."

Precisely juango!


However my anger is with the so called "educated Dominicans" who fall for this nonsense time and time again; many even here on DT!

Written by: juanb, 3 Feb 2009 12:00 PM
From: Dominican Republic
You can fool some of the people all of the time and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but the Dominican Government can fool all of the people all of the time.
Written by: josean, 3 Feb 2009 12:42 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
juanb,

Unfortunately you may be right!
Written by: gatitapequena, 3 Feb 2009 12:58 PM
From: United States, Somewhere in the World
why do you all always have to be sooooo,,,,,,,,,,,negavite, how we supposed to progress.....aaayyyy caramba.
Written by: josean, 3 Feb 2009 1:05 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Reality is not negativity, it is reality. Keeping your head in the sand denying reality is what leads to negative consequences.
Written by: kokoloco, 3 Feb 2009 1:06 PM
From: Dominican Republic
$200 mil investment? this plant will only make enough energy to power the pockets of a few politicians involve and of course El Presidente. there are so many wholes in this story is not even funny. How much electricity will this plant produce if any at all? and how in hell are they going to employ 2500 people?

I've said it before and i'll say it again Leonel does not move a finger unless it is to fatten his pockets.
Written by: Escott, 3 Feb 2009 1:32 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
I would like to quote a very famous guy from the US who use to teach here by the name of CLIFF.

Leonel is a Hippo with Hair.

It is about time everyone starts apologizing to Joseanl as she has been 100% perfect regarding this BoZo Lionel.

Lets all say this together, "Lionel ie a bum and a thief". Now repeat this 20 times a minute for the next 10 minutes.

That now ends your daily dose of education you all so desperately needed, yeah even you optimistic Dominicans Yorks living in the US and sucking off of the tit of Uncle Sam cheerleading here every single day. .
Written by: gatitapequena, 3 Feb 2009 2:13 PM
From: United States, Somewhere in the World
Josean,

chill out gosh........just kittin.....someone has to play the part of being on the other side for once at least untill the right culprits show up
Written by: josean, 3 Feb 2009 2:18 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
gatitapequena,

You are like Lie-onel, we can never tell which side of the issue he is on until everybody else has taken a side and even then you can't be sure. Unless of course he can immediately line his pockets!
Written by: CarlosFranco, 3 Feb 2009 2:19 PM
From: United States, Brooklyn

If its clean energy and can be produce in the country... then it's worth it

Written by: josean, 3 Feb 2009 2:22 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Speaking of cheerleaders and clapping seals!
Written by: gatitapequena, 3 Feb 2009 2:24 PM
From: United States, Somewhere in the World
Josean you need to have a sense of Humor, but i guess that can't be helped for you!
Written by: josean, 3 Feb 2009 4:46 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Kitty,

I hope this counts:

http://nymag.com/daily/food/13_goodhumor_lg.jpg
Written by: gatitapequena, 3 Feb 2009 5:22 PM
From: United States, Somewhere in the World
All i saw was the humor in it............but was it supposed to make me laugh?
Written by: josean, 3 Feb 2009 5:30 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Laughter, like beauty, is some times in the eye of the beholder, Kitty!
Written by: gatitapequena, 3 Feb 2009 5:32 PM
From: United States, Somewhere in the World
jajajajajaj, but it made you laugh,,,,,,,,,,,aaaaayyyyy!!!!!!!
Written by: josean, 3 Feb 2009 5:38 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
You always make me laugh, darling!
Written by: Trujillo, 4 Feb 2009 2:49 AM
From: Dominican Republic
"Cheerleaders and clapping seals" wow. I see this news as positive, yes I know it won't solve our energy problem (obviously), but it's good that they'll install the DR's first solar plant. We already know that there's energy theft and that the state has been subsidizing that theft for too long and I see some of you assume this announcement is just BS and dream it never becomes a reality. But the news itself is good, whether it ever becomes a reality or not.
Written by: dreadlocks, 4 Feb 2009 6:35 AM
From: United States
let me see if i understand you right, Trujillo. any announcement for development, whether it is feasible or not, is "good news". guess what? it is good news. good news to the international hucksters, who are going to end up selling all kinds of dreams, and equipment, to gullible third world types, who do not believe in the two little words "feasibility study". so, they will score modernity points, and end up subsidising white elephants in perpetuity, while the cheerleaders clap heartily, like the seals to which josean alludes.
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 4 Feb 2009 7:12 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
Dread you should be ashamed using terms like this Tsk Tsk "to gullible third world types," and " subsidising white elephants " please elaborate and remember I want to start my morning with a chuckle not an argument
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 4 Feb 2009 10:36 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
there you go.......I play the race card from the bottom of the deck and dread takes his ball and goes home
Written by: antonioj, 4 Feb 2009 11:05 PM
From: Canada, Ottawa.. Bring the Forum back
http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/....tainable-island-in-the-caribbean/

First 100% Sustainable Island in the Caribbean

Written by: dreadlocks, 5 Feb 2009 8:06 AM
From: United States
ok, GC: let's rephase. "less than perceptive sandbar flunkies", and " subsidising caucasian pachyderms".better?
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 5 Feb 2009 8:42 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
excellent !
Written by: dreadlocks, 5 Feb 2009 9:00 AM
From: United States
you are certifiably insane.
Written by: DixieNormus, 5 Feb 2009 11:17 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Hmmm.

Let's see, why in the world would this little known company that really hasn't done much since it was incorporated, all of the sudden be blessed with such a large contract.

Maybe some of their "advisors" have friends in high places........

Let'st take a look at who they are...... (kindly scroll down to the last 'advisor'

http://sunoviaenergy.com/company/our-advisors/
Written by: dreadlocks, 5 Feb 2009 9:50 PM
From: United States
DixieNormus, you sly old fox, you. A Plus for perceptiveness. yes, i believe that the politicians are in league with international rip off artists to fleece the treasury with these alternative energy scams. i saw an article wherein the projection for economic sustainability of bio diesel in the USA is not before the year 2020. a few guys are puttering around with it, but, if oil stays below 55-60 per barrel, it is dead in the water. yet, every guy with a clipboard and a briefcase is coming here to build yet one more energy generating contraption, to produce electricity and fuels from sugar cane, metropolitan solid waste, sunlight, coconut and corn husks, platano skins, candy wrappers, chicken bones, and God knows what else. watch these guys , in concert with local huckster politicians, skin the treasury.
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 6 Feb 2009 5:05 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me

STAY ALERT!

They walk among us... they REPRODUCE... and they can VOTE!!!
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