By: Jan Curet
Hurricane María struck us 2 months ago today. Electrical power is slowly coming back to the San Juan Metro Area, lighting up neighborhoods unexpectedly only to collapse back again into another uncertain blackout. Things are certainly not easier for nearby towns, and for more remote areas of Puerto Rico, it’s a daily struggle against despair.
Meanwhile, our Resilient Power PR Team has been busy identifying new potential sites for solar power. We have been in several municipalities in the eastern and south-eastern sides of our Island. Our sponsors have been busy too, as they generously pledge funds for new installations. They also have provided us with contacts for several communities and non-for-profit organizations that are in need of electrical power in their humanitarian efforts.
So, ¿where is our next installation is going to be?
Several sites look promising. But today, let’s take a look into Loíza, a municipality minutes away from San Juan, but historically isolated from it. It is one of the poorest towns in Puerto Rico, but it has a rich and distinct cultural heritage. Both hurricane Irma and María caused significant damage, and left hundreds of families homeless. Education and schooling is also in decay, as many family’s economic needs drive students away from pursuing goals beyond high school. Some even abandon the school altogether.
That is why we want to power the town’s public library. It is a small building in the center of the town, right across the main public square. It is a meeting place for students after school, and very accessible for locals. We have already visited the site with our electrical consultants, and have greenlighted this site. We are currently coordinating efforts with the local government to start our works.
We’ll keep you posted!