Pattern Energy powers up 95-MW wind farm in Puerto Rico
Oct 29, 2012 - Puerto Rico's governor Luis Fortuno officially switched on the 95-MW Santa Isabel wind farm of US clean power firm Pattern Energy Group LP, the company said in a statement today.
The Finca de Viento Santa Isabel wind farm is the first commercial-scale wind project in Puerto Rico and the largest in the Caribbean. It includes 44 wind turbines by Siemens (ETR:SIE) and will produce enough power to supply 30,000 homes a year, according to Fortuno.
The Puerto Rico Electric Authority will buy the wind farm's output under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Pattern Energy. The wind farm was initially planned to have 75 MW capacity but its capacity was raised without increase to the project size thanks to a recent PPA between Pattern Energy and PREPA, Fortuno said.
Puerto Rico targets to exceed its target to source 12% of its total energy from renewables by 2015, 15% by 2020 and 20% by 2035. The country has 220 MW of renewable energy capacity in operation and under construction, Fortuno said.