New solar energy systems have arrived to the south-eastern region of Puerto Rico. Founded by sugar cane workers, The Coquí community is located in the municipality of Salinas, have long sough to become energy-independent.
This side of the main island offers stunning ocean views and coastal landscapes, but also has the largest power production center in Puerto Rico. Formerly a major sugar cane production site, Salinas now hosts the Aguirre Thermoelectric generator next to the Jobos Bay, an ecologically sensitive estuary. Local community efforts have long acted as a counter-force, seeking ecologically-friendly alternatives to the social and economic development of the Jobos Bay area. One of these initiatives, IDEBAJO, serves as a facilitator among several nearby communities, promoting community participation in the growth and sustaintability of the local economy.
The photovoltaic installation at the Coqui community center is sponsored by the generosity of the Segarra-Boerman Foundation. http://www.fundacionsegarraboerman.org/