Soltec, a leading manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers and related services, has donated solar modules to power a medical clinic and a housing shelter in Puerto Rico. The contribution will provide the core of two off-grid solar systems, with the hospital at 20 kW and the shelter at 4 kW. As an active member of SEIA, Soltec’s charitable efforts in Puerto Rico supports the Solar Saves Lives initiative, a program led by The Solar Foundation to deliver solar and energy storage technologies to Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria knocked out 80 percent of Puerto Rico’s power transmission lines. It took months to restore electricity for millions of American citizens. The storm was especially devastating to the island’s critical infrastructure, including hospitals and shelters. Solar and energy storage technologies can help address immediate, short-term needs while building a resilient electricity grid for the future.
“Soltec is humbled to join the industry-wide relief effort currently underway to help restore Puerto Rico’s electricity with solar energy,” says Soltec CEO Raúl Morales. “In joining the Solar Saves Lives initiative and supplying solar to the MCH Maricao medical clinic and the Hogar Maria Elise Carolina shelter for abused children, we are providing critical services to people in need of assistance. The solar equipment donated through this initiative will aid recovery efforts, providing power for people in remote areas.”
Soltec is partnering with a team of companies on location to donate other balance-of-system equipment, coordinate transportation and install the systems. Variety Energy is leading the project management, New Energy PR will install the systems, Magno International donated transportation logistics and Operation Blessing International will assure shipping and import logistics.
The team is working hand-in-hand with De La Mesa a la Calle, a local non-profit food bank, to identify the shelters with the greatest need. Dispersed geographically to reach as many people as possible, these shelters will provide housing, water and food supplies to dislocated Puerto Ricans.
Paving the way to Puerto Rico’s solar future, this relief effort will also train local residents how to install the solar and storage systems, bringing valuable skills to help this devastated region rebuild its infrastructure.
The Solar Foundation leads Solar Saves Lives in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Direct Relief, the Hispanic Federation, Operation Blessing International, and New Energy PR. The program has committed to installing solar and storage equipment at 12 Puerto Rico primary care clinics in 2018.
Soltec also contributed as a matching donor to Cypress Creek Renewables’ fundraising efforts, joining other leading solar companies in raising $54,000 to benefit Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria recovery.