Adirondack Solar Alliance - Supporting Energy Access in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico, one of the most densely populated islands in the world, has always struggled with affordable and reliable access to energy. As climate change becomes a larger worldwide threat, Puerto Rico is one of the first places to feel the detrimental effects. Hurricanes and other natural disasters, such as Hurricane Maria in 2017 and the 2020 earthquakes, are increasing in likelihood, causing great danger to the island. Moreover, Puerto Rico’s energy production is almost entirely based on imported fossil fuels. This makes the electrical cost much higher than the mainland U.S. In combination with insufficient funding, governmental problems, and a struggling economy, the probability of betterment is diminishing.
The need to provide cheap, reliable and local electricity is of utmost importance. That is where Let’s Share the Sun and The Adirondack Solar Alliance in partnership with Casa Pueblo comes in!
Let's Share the Sun is responsible for developing, installing, and distributing solar in communities including Haiti, Honduras, and Puerto Rico. It collaborates with Casa Pueblo, an organization serving the community of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. Casa Pueblo has installed over 100 solar systems on residential homes, while simultaneously creating the first community-owned solar microgrid. Let's Share the Sun and Casa Pueblo both utilize local materials and businesses to stimulate the economy and workforce in their respective communities.
Let's Share the Sun and Casa Pueblo have composed lists of high-priority sites related to medical and other basic needs inside Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. BQ Energy has already provided a donation of some solar panels required. This leaves financial support, remaining solar equipment, and labor aid for the balance of systems costs. The execution of this project will supply a reliable source of energy at a reduced cost, provide a battery backup for power outages, help advance the community through a portion of savings going to the Fondo de Innovación Social de Adjuntas, which funds the installation of small solar systems to families with medical and energy necessity in the municipality.
Your Donation Will Support:
A medical clinic within Puerto Rico with a high demand for consistent electricity for refrigerating medications, charging wheelchairs, operating assisted breathing devices, and running other medical equipment.*
The transportation and installation of solar panels to a high-priority medical site in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico in 2023. Emissaries from The Adirondack Solar Alliance with solar professionals will carry out this effort.
*Exact beneficiary not yet confirmed