Construction of a $36 million solar park has begun in Puerto Rico as the island seeks to reduce its dependence on petroleum.

The solar park is being built in the southern town of Salinas by Yarotek LLC of Aventura, Florida, and Sonnedix, which has headquarters in London and Miami. The groundbreaking ceremony was Wednesday.

Officials say the solar park is expected to initially generate enough energy for 2,500 households. Both companies have pledged to develop two bigger solar projects in the northern coastal town of Isabela and in the southeastern town of Yabucoa.

The Caribbean’s largest wind farm and largest solar energy project, are both being built in the island’s southern region.

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