Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, October 29, 2012 — Pattern Energy's Finca de Viento Santa Isabel wind project officially started operations at the first commercial-scale wind power project in Puerto Rico, and largest in the Caribbean.
Thanks to a recent agreement between Pattern and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, FVSI will now produce up to 95 MW of renewable energy — 20 MW more than it was originally slated to produce — without any increase to the project size.
The increased output will reduce the island's dependence on oil by diversifying energy sources to produce cheaper, cleaner and safer energy.
Finca de Viento Santa Isabel, originally contracted to produce 75 MW of renewable energy, will now be able to produce up to 95 MW, enough to power the equivalent of 30,000 average homes. The 20 MW increment is equivalent to the production of an average medium-sized renewable energy project.
Finca de Viento Santa Isabel is the first wind power project developed by Pattern Energy in the Caribbean. It is comprised of 44 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines with the capacity to generate up to 95 MW. Pattern has entered into a 20-year power purchase and operating agreement with the PREPA for all of the clean energy generated from the project.