Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico
|Facility Megawatt Capacity||101|
gallons of water conserved
metric tons of CO2 avoided
*Offset metrics are based on comparison with region coal fleet emissions when available or average US coal fleet
Santa Isabel Wind, referred to locally as Finca de Viento Santa Isabel, is the largest wind energy facility in the Caribbean. We are committed to making Puerto Rico stronger by investing in the island to help it achieve its long-term energy goals. Santa Isabel Wind did not sustain any significant damage during Hurricane Maria and we are working to help Puerto Rico recover.
Over 25 years Santa Isabel Wind will pay more than $35 million for land royalties and taxes. Wind energy is the one of the cheapest sources of energy, saving Puerto Ricans an average of six million dollars each year compared to using fuel oil. At Pattern Energy, we has the financial capability, proven expertise, and commitment to the community to build additional high-quality renewable energy facilities to support Puerto Rico’s energy diversification goals.
More than 350 workers were involved in the construction of Santa Isabel Wind. When the facility reached commercial operations, Pattern Energy announced a $500,000 commitment to support renovations at the Santa Isabel Community Hospital.
The compatibility of wind energy and agriculture made Santa Isabel an ideal community for development of our project, which is located on 5,500 acres owned by the Puerto Rico Land Authority. The facility infrastructure occupies less than 20 acres, allowing agriculture to thrive: pineapples, tomatoes, pumpkins, plantains, papayas, and other cash crops grow on site. By vastly improving roads and irrigation to areas that were previously inaccessible, Santa Isabel Wind increased the area of farmed land by 350 acres.
Santa Isabel Wind generates energy equal to the needs of approximately 30,000 local homes each year. The facility also allows Puerto Ricans to annually conserve 300,000 barrels of imported oil and offset the CO2 equivalent of approximately 35,000 cars.
The 101 MW Santa Isabel Wind facility reached commercial operations in 2012 with 44 2.3 MW Siemens turbines.