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Puerto Rico Planning Board OKs 2 green energy projects


Luis García-Pelatti

The Puerto Rico Planning Board announced Thursday the approval of two renewable energy projects in the towns of Humacao and San Germán, which will generate a combined 65MW of energy through solar energy panels that will be connected to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s Distribution System.

The Humacao project will be located in the Cataño sector, and power lines will run across lands owned by the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Project and the Department of Transportation and Public Works, which authorized the transaction. The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources also backed the project.

Meanwhile, the second green energy project — which also has all of the required endorsements — will be located in San Germán’s Retiro sector, adjacent to a PREPA substation.

Planning Board President Luis García-Pelatti also discussed the agency’s approval of an amendment to a zoning application approved in June 2012 for another renewable energy project to be developed in Isabela to generate 27 MW of power. The amendment is to modify a section of the power transmission line.

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