The Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator (PRSBA) is a program to support solar workforce development, finance, and microgrid development in Puerto Rico. Led by IREC in partnership with Pathstone Corporation, Inc., it will expand and strengthen the Puerto Rican solar industry and spur the development of a highly qualified workforce.
This program is bringing together businesses, community members, other nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and solar energy advocates to transform Puerto Rico’s energy system, working together to achieve a renewable and sustainable future.
Request for Proposals: Design, Installation, and/or Finance for a Community Microgrid in Castañer, Puerto Rico
In partnership with the Cooperativa Hidroeléctrica de Montaña, IREC is seeking responses to this Request for Proposals for a community microgrid project in Castañer, Puerto Rico. The project will include approximately 225 kW in solar PV and 500 kWh in storage. The deadline for responses is September 29, 2021.
About the Microgrid Project
The solar energy microgrid project will be located in the rural community of Castañer, located in the Cordillera Central in Puerto Rico. This community experienced more than six months of without electricity following Hurricane Maria in 2017. More than three years later, it continues to face many challenges due to a fragile, insecure, and intermittent electrical system.
This microgrid will provide solar PV and energy storage that will power essential community services and allow for enhanced resilience in the face of natural disasters. We hope this project will serve as a model for other community resilience initiatives in Puerto Rico and throughout the United States.
The project team will hold a pre-proposal conference for interested parties on September 15 and conduct a site tour on September 17. Questions on the proposal are due on September 21, and the deadline for submission is September 29.
José A. VélezLocal Business Owner
“This project addresses a long-standing problem in Castañer. It is a good initiative, mainly because it begins with merchants, who along with the school and hospital are at the heart of the community.”
Our Program Areas
Solar Workforce Development
Solar Finance Innovation
Business Technical Assistance
IREC builds the foundation for rapid adoption of clean energy and energy efficiency to benefit people, the economy, and our planet. For nearly 40 years, IREC has made clean energy possible for millions of Americans through cutting-edge solutions that advance renewable energy, grid modernization, and energy efficiency. Today, our work continues in response to the urgent need to transition to clean energy—to mitigate climate change, improve the resiliency of our communities, and ensure all people benefit from a just transition to a clean energy future.
Pathstone Corporation is a private, not-for-profit community development and human services organization dedicated to eliminating poverty and strengthening families and individuals in the communities we have been serving since 1969. Low-income families and economically distressed communities throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Vermont, and Puerto Rico are the primary beneficiaries of its services and resources. This organization delivers quality career and employment services that enhance the skills, performance and potential of individuals, leading to meaningful employment in desired career pathways. Learn more at Pathstone.Org.
Explore Our Work: Solar Saves Lives
The Solar Foundation, now merged with IREC, launched Solar Saves Lives to install solar and storage at community health centers in Puerto Rico.
To get in touch with us about the PRBSA, contact Loramia Jaramillo, Program Manager; or Carlos Alberto Velázquez López, Program Director. Please fill out our contact form and these individuals will get back to you promptly.
Our phone number in San Juan, Puerto Rico is:
The EDA Program Number is #01-79-14864.