At the Dominica wind farm, sustainability and innovation are implemented in a unique way to create shared value for the benefit of the local community. Alongside the blades, Enel Green Power has built a greenhouse for the cultivation of cacti, an electric mill to treat desert plants, and an insect breeding farm. The company has also provided the local school with constant access to electricity
In order to achieve a good wind farm, you need: a greenhouse for the cultivation of cacti, an electric mill to treat desert plants, an insect breeding farm. Such a statement might sound strange, to say the least, to those who are not familiar with Enel Green Power’s way of doing things, or have never visited the Dominica wind farm in Mexico. But the plant built in the municipality of Charcas, at some 140 Km from the town of San Luis Potosí, shows how clean energy, environmental protection, promotion of local entrepreneurship and support for education can be combined in an innovative way.
The Dominica wind farm, built by Enel Green Power, is an open-air laboratory where sustainability and innovation are carried out in a unique way to create shared value for the benefit of the local community and of our business.
The 100 turbines of the Enel Green Power plant can produce 200 MW of clean energy, which can provide electricity to some 143,000 households and makes a contribution to the new ‘green age’ that has started in Mexico.
Together with the wind turbines, we have also built a greenhouse for the cultivation of cacti, an electric mill to treat desert plants, and an insect breeding farm.
The greenhouse, the mill and the breeding farm are part of the wind farm and of “A hand for life,” a project that is turning the plant into one of the most important examples of the Creating Shared Value model (CSV) that we implement wherever we operate.
‘We have turned the compensation obligations prescribed for by Mexican law into opportunities in the fields of environmental protection, employment and development of local communities,’ explains Fabian R. Razo Caudillo, CSV engineer with Enel Green Power at Dominica.
“A hand for life” supports environmental protection in the area of Charcas, is making cacti blossom again (providing locals with an additional food source) and supports the activity of farmers and breeders.
In the cactus greenhouse, plants are grown for ornamental purposes as well as reforestation. The activities for the protection of the flora in the area surrounding the plant have resulted in the rescue of 16 species of the region of which we now have about 30,000 specimens.
In the Maguey mill, plants typical of semi-desert areas are treated with benefits for about 200 people in the surrounding communities. The American agave, known asmaguey, is transformed in the electric mill that bears its name to obtain forage for the flock of goats belonging to a local shepherd and to produce the so-called aguamiel, a syrup that is a local staple.
We help train farmers in the sustainable cultivation and extraction of the magueyworms and larvae of ants that are then sold as traditional food of the region.
Dominica has also served as the vehicle to further develop the education of young people in the area who attend the Telesecundaria Manuel José Othón school. ‘Thanks to Enel, the school now has electricity, whereas before the community had no service at all,’ explains Cristina Rocha Zamarrón, a teacher at the school.
EGP has donated infrastructure and solar panels to the school, granting them stable access to electricity. The school uses television for remote lessons. Without secure and steady energy this model could not have worked.