California, United States — Pattern Energy Group LP announced that one of its subsidiaries has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) for the sale of 75 megawatts (MW) produced at the Pattern Santa Isabel Wind Project.
The Pattern Santa Isabel Wind Project is expected to begin producing electricity in late 2011. Once operational, it will be the largest wind energy project in Puerto Rico, according to Pattern Energy.
“Puerto Rico is fully committed to the development of renewable energy projects as part of our Administration’s overall energy reform initiative. We must diversify our sources of energy—away from our traditional dependence on crude oil—lower energy costs to consumers and businesses and protect the environment, all at the same time. A viable wind energy project would be a significant piece in our overall energy strategy,” said Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño.
The Pattern Santa Isabel Wind Project will create a significant number of jobs during the construction phase, as well as a number of ongoing permanent positions once operational. Pattern will begin a public outreach program in conjunction with the start of the permitting process for the Pattern Santa Isabel Wind Project to address concerns of residents.
“As part of this government’s public policies regarding renewable energy projects, we are committed to collaborate in the materialization and establishment of this project in Santa Isabel. The Pattern Santa Isabel Wind Project will be one of the pioneer renewable energy wind farms in the Island and we are very positive of the favorable impact that this project represents to Puerto Rico and its environment,” said Javier Vázquez Morales, executive director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO).