The Renewable Energy Microgrid Program
A robust, diverse and inclusive renewable energy sector, where the tools and resources for the development of renewable energy microgrids are available for the benefit of communities across Puerto Rico.
Partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute
The Puerto Rico Renewable Microgrids Program (RMP) is an initiative led in partnership between nonprofit Resilient Power Puerto Rico (RPPR) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). The Program will facilitate knowledge creation, technical assistance and access to capital for the development of solar microgrid projects of varying sizes across economic and social sectors throughout Puerto Rico.
What We Do
1. Reduce exposure to risk through independence from the centralized fossil fueled power grid
2. Strengthen adaptive capacity through local control of resources to rebuilt and recover
3. Decrease sensitivity by providing the power redundancies necessary for continued operation of social infrastructure
The Community Project Incubator
The Community Project Incubator promoted the development of microgrid projects around the island with local community organizations through: 1) access to renewable energy knowledge through workshops and on-site and remote training; 2) technical support in proposal writing, including the use of the Microgrid (Energy) Toolkit, and conducting technical assessments of their critical loads for a system design, and producing cost estimates; and 3) the identification of capital sources for the microgrids. The Incubator was divided into two phases. Phase I –April to August 2019– included the identification of local organizations and their recruitment, three workshops that included networking, capacity building, and training, and on-site technical assistance. Phase II –September to December 2019–will focus on providing remote technical assistance to improve and conclude the tasks that were initiated during the first phase.
To recruit the Incubator’s participant organizations, Resilient Power Puerto Rico used two (2) methods to determine who would be invited: 1) a statistical tool that incorporated vulnerability variables based on sociodemographic data and geographical location (e.g. education, income, age, risks based on location) and 2) an advisory committee with experience in community work around the islands. This method generated a list of 57 organizations located all around Puerto Rico. The organizations were invited via phone calls. If the organization showed interest, we arranged an initial meeting. During this initial meeting, a third measure was included to determine which organizations would form part of the Incubator: Participants’ willingness and commitment to work collaboratively and engage in the Incubator’s process. The goal was to recruit 10 to 20 organizations.
Measures to promote collaborative work and participants’ engagement in the process
To promote collaborative work and participant’s engagement, we took two measures: 1) we designed a collaborative agreement between the organization, RPPR and RMI, signed by all parts; and 2) used a cloud platform and its tools to exchange documents, photos and work collaboratively. Enabling active collaborative work during the Incubator’s process encouraged participants to be empowered over their own renewable microgrid projects..
The recruitment effort initiated with a list of 57 organizations and concluded with 25 organizations, out of which only 17 engaged with the Incubator’s tasks and were officially considered as participants. All 17 organizations are nonprofits that serve vulnerable populations in Puerto Rico; 16 are incorporated in the Department of State and one (1) is in the process of doing so. Their services include education and after school programs for underserved children, elder and community housing, health clinics and community kitchens in remote rural areas, agriculture and food production, water services, psychological therapies, criminal behavior prevention, and emergency response. Below, we provide the list of the participant organizations.
Centro de Apoyo Mutuo, Jíbaro de Bartolo
Comité Comunal de Corcovada, Inc.
Hogar Rey de Luz, Inc.
Programa de Apoyo y Enlace Comunitario (PAEC)
Sector El Veinte, Inc.
Super Héroes 5k, Inc.
PR Energy Toolkit
The Puerto Rico Energy Toolkit is a comprehensive and interactive open database focused in supporting the growth of renewable energy in Puerto Rico. The Toolkit aims to strengthen collaborators’ capacities to implement renewable microgrids across the Islands most underserved and impacted communities, maximizing social impact investments.