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Community Solar for Puerto Rico

$5,595 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 2 months
Help bring solar energy to Puerto Rico for immediate disaster relief and for education to create community owned "solar gardens".

My name is Joy Hughes, the founder of the Solar Gardens Institute. For eight years SGI has worked to implement community solar policy, train students, and develop community owned solar projects. In December I traveled to Puerto Rico and visited remote communities that had been devastated by Hurricane Maria. I will be returning in March to bring solar aid and to work with our interns at the University of Puerto Rico.

Relief
SGI is working to provide solar-powered aid to the most vulnerable elderly and children in mountain communities still without power. We are bringing solar lanterns, solar fans, and small solar panels to run battery powered medical equipment for children with asthma.

Recovery
We are helping to distribute off-grid solar kits for community centers. The installations will provide refrigeration, water purification, device charging, and WiFi to remote communities that have been out of power for several months.

Resilience

Through our interns at the University of Puerto Rico, we are working to create a new energy system based on renewable energy and microgrids, which will resist damage from future storms.

A solar garden is like a community garden - but instead of a patch of vegatables, you own a patch of solar panels in a shared solar array in your area. The energy they produce is credited to your electric bill as if the panels were on your own roof. By subscribing to a solar garden, you save money and the environment at the same time! Now, the concept of shared ownership is coming to renewable-powered micro-grids.

The Solar Gardener Training is a one-semester course that trains local leaders in solar gardens policy, project development, and community organizing. In 2018 we will be training 50 solar gardeners. Each solar gardener will work to develop a community owned microgrid in their home community. Renewable energy for the people, by the people!

Your donation will help me travel to Puerto Rico to provide energy where and when it is needed most, while preparing for a clean energy future. Puerto Rico can become a 100% renewable example showing the world a pathway to a clean energy future.

- Other ways to help -

Donate air miles - to help support my travel and that of volunteers.

Donate equipment - Send solar panels, inverters, and other system components where they're needed most

Volunteer - We need solar experts to design, maintain and install equipment, videographers and video editors, bilingual volunteers for translation, and more!

Become a partner - Both nonprofit and for-profit businesses can share expertise, sponsor a kit, or cross-promote.

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Make a tax-deductible contribution - support this effort by making a donation at energyrelief.org ... Include "Solar Gardens for Puerto Rico" in the comment field.
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This little guy has chronic asthma and other conditions. Because of the blackout in Puerto Rico, he has to use a battery-powered nebulizer, that some of y'all helped provide him with!

We also sent out a solar panel and battery charger so his nebulizer can be powered by the sun!
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I found out that the first battery-powered nebulizer we sent to Puerto Rico is being used by a three year old who has asthma and a rare genetic disease. We included a small solar panel, a battery charger and two sets of rechargeable batteries, and a solar light.

This is thanks to everyone's generous donations! But we still have $4,405 to go to reach our goal.
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This 78 year old in CIALES, Puerto Rico has received a solar lantern - thanks to donations from so many of you!

He has not been able to receive any aid from FEMA as he has no government issued ID. He has been without power for four months and his home is severely damaged. Only recently has he been contacted by aid workers.

I really like these lanterns as they can be charged by solar, hand crank, USB, wall outlet, or car cigarette lighter!
78 Year Old with Solar Lantern
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A sample of some of the equipment headed to Puerto Rico today
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