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Renewable energy and water treatment: a means to progress on SDG14
by Italy (Government)
Installation of a 75 KW grid-tied with battery backup Solar PV System at the DOWASCO Sewer Treatment Plant

Aim of the project is to eliminate the interruption to the functioning of the system due to the impacts of tropical storms and other extreme weather events. The frequent power outages interrupt the smooth operations of the Roseau sewerage system and the shutting down of the plant. When this happens, the emergency outfall automatically opens resulting in the discharge of the sewage into the Roseau River. The project is intended to alleviate this situation by installing a photovoltaic system that will provide about 52% of the power needed on a day-to-day operation and provide backup power in the event of a disruption in the grid supply.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Wastewater treatment
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
Reduce the carbon footprint of the sewerage facility
Planning and installation of a grid tied photovoltaic system with a capacity of 75 Kwp at service of a sewer treatment plant
Ensure an uninterrupted functioning of the sewer treatment system to avoid the discharge of the sewage into the River
Financing (in USD)
491,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: July/2017 - December/2018
Italian Ministry of Environmental Land and Sea (IMELS) - Government; Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) - Other relevant actor; Dominica Water & Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) - Private sector; Dominica Electricity Services Ltd.(DOMLEC) - Private sector.
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Francesco La Camera, Director General of the Department for Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, European Union and International Affairs, SVI-UDG@minambiente.it, +390657228101
Rome, Italy
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