Carnival Corporation opens new solar park to power Amber Cove Port

The 1,800-plus solar panels will supply 80 per cent of the energy needed to run the port in the Dominican Republic

Carnival Corporation opens new solar park to power Amber Cove Port

Carnival Corporation

Joel Santos (centre left) and Christine Duffy (centre right) cutting the ribbon to open Carnival’s new solar park in Dominican Republic

By Laura Hyde |

Carnival Corporation has opened a new solar park at Amber Cove Port in the Dominican Republic. 

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by executives from Carnival Corporation, Amber Cover Port and Carnival Cruise Line, including Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. They were joined by government, industry and community leaders, including Joel Santos, minister of the presidency of the Dominican Republic. 

The solar park is home to over 1,800 solar panels, which will supply 80 per cent of the port’s energy demands. According to Carnival, this is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 1,000 tons per year, which is equivalent to planting more than 30,000 trees. 

“As we bring guests to enjoy the beauty and rich culture of the Dominican Republic, we also take our environmental stewardship here and everywhere we visit very seriously,” said Duffy. “With this new solar park in Amber Cove, we are furthering our commitment to sustainability at our destinations by focusing on renewable energy sources to power the vast majority of the port’s needs.” 

Amber Cove Cruise Center is one of eight port destinations and exclusive islands owned and operated by Carnival Corporation. The 25-acre port is located on Dominican Republic’s north coast just outside of the town of Puerto Plata. 

“On behalf of the government, we celebrate this achievement, which makes Amber Cove the first cruise terminal in the country with a project of this scale,” said Santos. “This project will undoubtedly contribute to the production of clean energy and environmental sustainability in Puerto Plata, the first tourist destination in the Dominican Republic.” 

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