A remote village on Puerto Rico gains a solar-based microgrid

By District Energy posted 03-23-2021 11:45

  

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Summary

A rural village in a mountainous part of Puerto Rico was selected to receive support for a solar energy microgrid project, part of an initiative led by The Solar Foundation and Pathstone Corp.

The project will include solar energy and battery storage for businesses that provide essential goods and services for residents of Castañer. After Hurricane Maria struck in 2017, the village was without electricity for six months. More broadly, the storm destroyed virtually all of the island’s transmission infrastructure.

Now, the community will develop the microgrid in collaboration with The Solar Foundation and the Microgrid Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez (UPR-M). Project development also will be supported by the Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator (PRSBA), which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The Solar Foundation and UPR-M will provide direct support to Castañer in all phases of the project, including the presentation of sustainable financing options, drafting of the request for proposals, project design, and project management. The Solar Foundation will also donate solar equipment valued at around $40,000 to help reduce the overall cost of the project.

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