Let's Share The Sun – Support Energy Access in Puerto Rico
The Let’s Share the Sun Foundation is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit whose mission is to install solar in the poorest parts of the world (www.letssharethesun.org). Over the last couple of years Let’s Share the Sun has partnered with ND Energy at the University of Notre Dame (https://energy.nd.edu) and the not-for-profit community organization Casa Pueblo (https://casapueblo.org) to install solar on residential homes in the remote region of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico.
The project focuses on households with high needs for reliable electricity because residents within these priority households have medical needs that necessitate running machines. Adjuntas, a community of approximately 22,000 residents, is like most of the rest of Puerto Rico. Particularly since Hurricane Maria, the conventional electric grid has been unreliable. It becomes life or death if you need to run a dialysis machine on a daily basis or lose refrigeration for vital medications and there is no electricity that day.
Casa Pueblo has identified 10 high-priority households for the next phase of this collaboration, to be constructed in March 2022. The installation dates coincide with an educational delegation of students led by Notre Dame Energy. Let’s Share the Sun has received solar panel donations from solar industry supporter, BQ Energy (https://www.bqenergy.com) and is seeking financial, equipment, and labor hour support for the balance of system costs. Additionally, Let’s Share the Sun partners with local solar installers to promote local business. The Foundation, and coalition of partners, are happy to provide more detail to those interested in supporting the objective of installing reliable solar energy systems on ten homes in Puerto Rico that have the medical need for reliable energy.