We installed our first set of solar generators at three of El Caño Martín Peña's community center, a region of San Juan where over 25,000 people reside. In this community, many residents lost their roofs due to Hurricane Maria and these energized community center served as important meeting points and strategic communication outlets for the re-organization the community. We continue to map out strategic points for the next wave of installations.
Walter Meyer and Jonathan Marvel, both principals at NY-based firms with deep roots and family in Puerto Rico, have started the lengthy work of targeted solar solutions for the island's residents.
Walter Meyer, principal at Brooklyn-based Local Office Landscape Architecture, is organizing a large shipment of solar panels, generators, and power inverters to the storm-ravaged island. Meyer himself has family in Puerto Rico, and is looking for longer-term solutions to replace the island’s historically faulty energy grid. Immediate recovery efforts, however, are focused on those in particularly dire straits, like seniors and those in need of medical attention, many of whom lack the proper care or medication due to the near-total outage. Supplies are being held at informal community centers in public spaces all over the island.
Some of these improvised centers will receive funding from Jonathan Marvel, founding principal of New York firm Marvel Architects. Marvel, who is in San Juan to coordinate recovery efforts, donated $50,000 towards relief centers that provide cell phone chargers, food, and water.