WHAT WE DO
WHERE WE BASE OUR WORK
We are focused on providing solar generators to community centers across the 78 municipalities and three major islands that make up Puerto Rico, prioritizing those communities on the path of Hurricanes Irma and María.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Energy is a basic human need and electrical energy is indispensable to contemporary Puerto Rican society. In islands so rich in other resources, like water and beautiful nature, affordable and reliable electrical energy has been a scarce resource.
Despite the abundance of solar, wind, and hydraulic energy, Puerto Rico has relied on fossil fuels and on a single, centralized, utility for its energy. Hurricanes Irma and María revealed the weaknesses of such a system and opened the possibility of re-imagining our relationship with energy and electricity in our islands. Puerto Rico must work toward the diversification of our electrical system and toward energy resilience at all scales: from the immediate needs at community centers and primary clinics to urban centers and, eventually, all households and end users. Resilient Power Puerto Rico is working toward that goal.
The initial installation sites were chosen in marginalized communities of San Juan, such as Caño Martín Peña, Cantera, Playita and La Perla; all located in some of the most vulnerable areas of the city. A second wave of installations is now occurring in towns along the path of the hurricane.
Installations at community centers are made free of charge to users and are funded entirely by donations.
The urban centers or traditional downtown areas of the 78 municipalities, provide essential services to the community and serve as space for citizen organization in difficult times.
Our aim is to work with municipal governments to bring renewable energy to critical facilities in each municipality. These municipal facilities can be energized at a minimal cost, based on subsidized materials and installation costs.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
At this third target, 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.
The process of fixing the old electrical infrastructure puts the connections to the residents last; Resilient Power Puerto Rico puts the people first.
Q:Who sponsors the donated solar energy systems?
A: Funds and sponsorship come from generous our donors, partners and collaborators. These include foundations, local and national non-for-profits, professional and corporate business, and individuals. Please refer to our list of sponsors and collaborators
Q: Why solar energy?
A: Sunlight is abundant in Puerto Rico, and is generally more constant than other renewable sources, such as wind. We believe that our rooftops are way underused with such an unlimited resource, and we are overdue to make solar energy a major force in our path to resiliency.
Q: How can I donate?
A: If you're interested in making a tax-deductible donation, please note we are a non-for-profit organization, but don't have 501c3 status. We'll be providing details for donors soon.