The United States’ largest commercial candle supply provider is set to expand its footprint in Puerto Rico by adding an additional 100,000 kilowatts of electricity capacity, the company announced Monday.
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said in a statement that it will be adding a new generation of electric candles to its grid.
PREPA will purchase the power from the state-owned Virginias Lighting Company and will be the first major utility to do so.
PREP said it will use its solar power to supply power to more than 6,000 homes and businesses in Puerto Rican communities in addition to providing additional capacity to other utility poles and substations.
Virginias Lighting is a joint venture between Virginias Energy and the Electric Power Company of Puerto Rico (EPCR).
The company said that the investment will help the Puerto Rico Electricity Authority “recover its competitiveness with the US grid, enhance the resilience of the electrical grid, and enhance the delivery of reliable, affordable and reliable electricity to the community.”
The Puerto Rican utility said that its new capacity will provide enough electricity to support 2,500 homes and 600 businesses.
Puerto Rico is one of the most densely populated states in the United States.
The island is a U.S. territory, but its population is almost evenly divided between U.T. and US Virginias.
The utility said it plans to continue adding additional power plants to its electric grid.
The utility said the expansion of its power will help reduce the need for additional generators and transmission lines, which are essential to Puerto Rico’s electrical system.