The Latin American Herald Tribune reports that the a recently commissioned solar power plant in Puerto Rico is the largest in the CAribbean:
The Caribbean’s largest solar energy park, capable of generating enough electricity to meet the annual consumption of 12,000 families, was inaugurated Monday in the southern Puerto Rican municipality of Guayama.
Gov. Luis Fortuño, who attended the inauguration, said in a communique about the AES Solar project that it is one of the most ambitious solar power facilities in the entire United States.
The solar park will supply energy to state-owned utility AEE under a 20-year contract.
The project, which benefited from federal stimulus money, during its construction phase created 200 jobs.
Fortuño emphasized that with the Guayama project Puerto Rico places itself in the front rank of renewable energy generation in the Caribbean.
Plant director Neil Watlington said, meanwhile, that he felt happy to be a part of the first large-scale solar energy project in Puerto Rico and that the initiative opens the door to a more sustainable energy future.
Read more in the full Herald Tribune article.
Previous related reports on Green Antilles: More solar power for Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico will be home to the Caribbean’s largest solar energy installation.
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