Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator

IREC is accelerating the growth of the Puerto Rico solar industry and workforce.

Visite el sitio web en español

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.

Castañer Selected for Microgrid

The village of Castañer, Puerto Rico has been selected to receive support for a solar energy microgrid project supported by the PRSBA.  The community will develop the project in collaboration with The Solar Foundation and the Microgrid Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez (UPR-M).

Castañer was chosen from a total of nine candidates following a rigorous selection process. 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 Proposal, project design, and project management. The community of Castañer has been joined in this project by the Hydroelectric Cooperative of La Montaña (CHM), a nonprofit entity that seeks to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters.

We are now in the process of selecting a second Puerto Rico community to develop a microgrid project.

José A. Vélez

Local 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 Partners

Lead Organizations

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.

Learn More
Contact Us

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:
787-923-1304
The EDA Program Number is #01-79-14864.

Contact Us