Aug 16 (Renewables Now) - Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (AEE) announced at a press conference that 240 MW of solar power will be added to the country’s grid by June 2019.
This new installed power will come from an unspecified number of large-scale PV plants, which, according to AEE's CEO Ricardo Ramos, have already been contracted.
An additional 300 MW of renewable energy generation capacity would be installed by June 2021 as part of the second phase of the country's energy plan. Another 200 MW of storage capacity is also planned in order to boost Puerto Rico's distributed generation (DG) sector.
Together, these projects will be able to, among other things, help Puerto Rico reduce 2.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and reduce power prices, as it will make the energy system less dependent on prices of fossil fuels, AEE stated.
Overall, the government plans to add 1,510 MW of installed power from different sources, some of which not specified, to ensure power supply in the region.