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Sonnedix, Yarotek Break Ground On the Largest PV Plant in The Caribbean; 45 MWac in Puerto Rico

Sonnedix reference solar PV plant, St. Martin, 12 MW, France

Sonnedix reference solar PV plant, 12 MW, St. Martin, France

Oriana Energy LLC, a subsidiary of the Independent Solar Power Producer (IPP) Sonnedix Group, in partnership with Yarotek, on March 6th, 2016 announced start of construction of a 45 MWac solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Isabela, Puerto Rico, with a ceremonial groundbreaking activity at the project site.

With an investment in excess of USD 160 million, the construction of this PV plant will create more than 300 direct jobs, mostly residents of Isabela and nearby communities.

 PV plant will meet the electricity needs of more than 12,000 homes.

Once in operation, the Oriana solar PV plant will be the largest of its kind in the Caribbean and will meet the electricity needs of more than 12,000 homes.

“It is a great pleasure to make this milestone a reality and to recognize today, at the Oriana site, the support provided by Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the Governor of Puerto Rico and the Mayor of Isabela to our second solar plant in Puerto Rico,” said Pablo Pulido, Board Member and Executive VP of Global Development for Sonnedix.

Samy Esayag, President of Yarotek, added: “We are playing a constructive role in helping Puerto Rico move from using fossil fuel to renewable energy sources and we are proud to be a part of that change.”

Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, PREPA Executive Director Javier Quintana and Isabela Mayor Carlos Delgado Altieri attended the ceremony, reinforcing their support to this project, which strengthens the renewable energy portfolio of the Island and helps improve the quality of life of its residents.

“This sustainable energy project represents the vision we have for future developments in our municipality. My interest is to continue promoting Isabela to attract investment and generate jobs that result in a better quality of life. We are grateful to Oriana Energy and Sonnedix for proposing to us a project of innovation, particularly keeping in mind environmental conservation,” said Delgado Altieri.

With this PV project, the company expects to generate more than 125,000 megawatt hours of solar power each year. Synchronization to the grid is scheduled for August of this year.

Greece-based company METKA-EGN will build, commission and operate the PV facilities in Isabela.

Source: http://www.solarserver.com/solar-magazine/solar-news/current/2016/kw10/sonnedix-yarotek-break-ground-on-the-largest-pv-plant-in-the-caribbean-45-mwac-in-puerto-rico.html  [1]