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Brooklyn, NY
USA

(718) 788-1987

The Coastal Marine Resource Center is a nonprofit focused on issues of social and environmental justice in vulnerable coastal communities throughout the United States.

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Resilient Power Puerto Rico

Help us power up PR with solar! Resilient Power Puerto Rico is an initiative aimed at immediate-term and long-term recovery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

 

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Resilient Power Puerto Rico  was launched in the hours following Hurricane Maria's devastating strike on the island of Puerto Rico. Building on the model of the CMRC's successes with the Power Rockaways Resilience project, Resilient Power Puerto Rico starts with nimble, targeted efforts to deliver solar generators to the most under-served areas of Puerto Rico as a relief measure to get communities powered up and back in contact, with a planned evolution into long-term disaster-preparedness and clean-energy solutions to impact the entire island.

 
 
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PHASE 1 . RELIEF hubs

At the outset our mission is to bring as much energy to as many people as possible as quickly as possible, using a proven, mobile solar-electric system that targets the hardest-hit and most remote communities first. In this critical time immediately following the storm's devastation, the solar hubs will address the basic needs to charge up devices and tools, boost communications, filter water, and connect with neighbors in a space that is bright throughout the day and night.


PHASE 2 . 100 solar towns

Our goal is to deliver 100 mobile solar-electric kits by the end of 2017. Each of the 78 municipalities, along with multiple neighborhoods in the larger municipalities, will assemble a solar hub on the central plaza or other community gathering spot. Our solar technicians will train local residents during the cooperative installation. This "each one, teach one" style job training can power up more than the solar kits: it can help develop an island wide work force capable of growing with the green economy.

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PHASE 3 . POWER TO THE RESIDENTS

In Phase 3, which is expected to extend through 2021, we will work to promote solar electric energy for every household on the island. 

This plan is a coordinated effort to address the vulnerabilities of the island's existing, fossil-fueled electrical infrastructure. Rather than perpetuate the island's dependence on vulnerable distribution hardware and carbon-heavy fuel, we prioritize clean production of energy that allows each household to be self-reliant. The process of fixing the old electrical infrastructure puts the connections to the residents last; Resilient Power Puerto Rico puts the people first. 

This fund has been organized and is managed by the non-profit Resilient Power Puerto Rico in partnership with the Coastal Marine Resource Center of New York, a 501 (c) (3) corporation, which is acting as the fiscal sponsor.