SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno says the Caribbean's largest wind farm will be built in the U.S. territory in a bid to reduce the island's dependence on oil.
Fortuno says the $250 million project is financed by San Francisco-based Pattern Energy and will feature 44 turbines capable of providing power to about 25,000 homes.
The Santa Isabela wind farm will start operating by next September and generate up to 75 megawatt hours of energy as part of a 20-year deal with the state-owned Electric Energy Authority.
Thursday's announcement comes a week after Fortuno announced that the Caribbean's largest solar energy project will be built in Puerto Rico.
The U.S. territory relies on oil to generate 70 percent of its power.