Rio Piedras Site Visit

On Wednesday, The RPPR team drove to Rio Piedras for a site visit sponsored by Para La Naturaleza. A once a vibrant community, in recent years Rio Piedras has seen a massive population decline and structural damage to its buildings caused by abandonment and amplified by Hurricane Maria. Despite these factors, Rio Piedras continues to thrive, with community centers and churches throughout the area providing support to the populace. By handing out meals and offering free day care programs for children, these centers have become havens for the citizens of Rio Piedras following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The RPPR team and representatives from Para La Naturaleza visited one of these sites to determine its viability for a solar installation.

The first step in a long process, site visits are perhaps the most integral components of a solar installation. In order to judge whether a site is a viable location for a solar installation, The RPPR team takes precise measurements of the roof and examines the existing electrical system of the building. This is all made possible by hardworking individuals working for RPPR as well as the cooperation of our sponsors and the site representatives. We look forward to completing our solar installation in Rio Piedras and providing clean, resilient energy to the community.

Desarrollando la Resiliencia Energética en Puerto Rico

Check out this article by Cody Eaton discussing the Development of Energy Resiliency in Puerto Rico:

"Hurricane Maria exposed a truth that Puerto Ricans had known for a long time: the island's energy infrastructure was weak and needed urgent improvements. Calls to address this historic lack of investment were transmitted loud and clear in the months following the storm, but many combined factors curbed progress. "

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Iluminando a Playita

Under a clear, dusky sky, a small group of children sat down in plastic chairs while older members of the community stood behind, all facing dimly projected image in an improvised outdoor theater. We were in the center of the Playita community in San Juan, next to a small church building. A modest 1.5KW solar energy system provided electricity and lighting to the community through several public outlets and fixtures. As the video started rolling, the children excitedly pointed out each time a face they recognized appeared on the screen. Out of small portable speakers, the voice of community leaders, neighbors, and volunteers streamed with a first-hand recount of the destruction by hurricane María and the severe flooding that followed. A resident standing next to me, took out his phone and invited me to lean in and look over the photos he took of the flooding in same street we were in.

It was June 1st, the beginning of the hurricane season, and there was no better way to acknowledge this than remembering what we went through and taking the first steps in a new direction for a stronger, more resilient community.

The Playita solar energy and lighting systems was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Rockefeller Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities.

How being prepared for hurricane season starts with solar power in one Puerto Rico town

ABC News

Written by: Joshua Hoyos

Resilient Power Puerto Rico raises money from private donors and organizations to buy discounted and overstocked solar panels and install them at community centers at no cost to the local entities. There are currently 50 planned projects throughout the island.

Daguao’s community organization attained its solar panels thanks to Resilient Power Puerto Rico.

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Resilient Power Puerto Rico, Para la Naturaleza form resiliency partnership

Nonprofit organizations Resilient Power Puerto Rico and Para la Naturaleza have joined forces to help expedite recovery efforts in communities still struggling with the long-term impacts of hurricanes Irma and María in Puerto Rico.

The two organizations will collaborate to equip an initial 30 community centers with solar microgrids and rain catchment and filtration systems, they confirmed.

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Coquí, Salinas

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/

We broke ground in the south-east of Puerto Rico

We broke ground in the south-east of Puerto Rico. Three community centers in Maunabo and Naguabo will receive solar power this month, thanks to our generous sponsors. Other similar installations in sites all over Puerto Rico are under way as well. As we approach the 6-month anniversary of hurricane Maria's landfall, followed by periods of shortages, numerous power outages & historical coastal waves, we celebrate these seemingly small victories that make the communities of Puerto Rico more and more resilient. Stay tuned for details!

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Adjuntas moves towards solar energy

Casa Pueblo is a community project that is committed to the conservation of natural, cultural and human resources. For some years now they have pushed for a shift towards renewable energy and now they are one of the first town to have a Solar Barbershop, a Solar Radio station, and soon a Solar movie theater.

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Read more about their project through their website casapueblo.org