- Category: Wind
06 Nov 2012
- Published on Tuesday, 06 November 2012 08:10
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Puerto Rico now has its first wind turbine power plant, a 95-megawatt site owned and run by Pattern Energy.
The currently fully operational Finca de Viento Santa Isabel represents an additional 15 percent of renewable energy into the territory’s power grid.
Electricity coming from Finca de Viento will go to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority under a 20-year power purchase and operating agreement.
The wind farm is the first wind energy project developed by San Francisco-based Pattern Energy in the Caribbean and one of the largest wind power projects in the region.
It reportedly brought $250 million in private investments to Puerto Rico, providing 350 jobs.
Finca de Viento Santa Isabel was originally planned as a 75-MW facility. At its current production rate, it can power the equivalent of 30,000 homes according to Pattern Energy.
The current administration believes that diversifying Puerto Rico’s energy mix will create jobs and bring in investments while slashing the island’s dependence on oil.
The government has set a goal of generating 12 percent of their energy from renewables by 2015, 15 percent by 2020 and 20 percent by 2035.
“We recently inaugurated the AES Ilumina solar project in Guayama. Other projects are soon coming to completion, such as Gestamp’s wind farm in Punta Lima, Naguabo. Other projects around the island currently under construction will soon be online…,” said power authority executive director Josue Colon. – EcoSeed Staff