Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator

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

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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, Puerto Rico Launches New Microgrid Project

In May 2022, local businesses joined other community members in Castañer, Puerto Rico, to celebrate the installation of a new solar energy microgrid. This project was developed through a collaborative partnership between the PRSBA, the local nonprofit Cooperativa Hidroeléctrica de Montaña, and the University of Puerto Rico—Mayagüez.

The microgrid includes a 40 kW solar energy installation and 35 kWh in battery storage. When the final phase is completed, it will include approximately 225 kW in solar panel installations and 500 kWh in storage. Installation and development was led by the company Borintek.

Watch our two-part video below to learn more!

IREC selected Maricao, Puerto Rico as the second community to develop a solar energy microgrid. One of the smallest municipalities in Puerto Rico, Maricao competed with 12 communities for the microgrid project, which will include approximately 75 kW in solar photovoltaic installations. The project will be located in the town center and benefit diverse community facilities including health care providers, banks, and other businesses that provide service to a population of about 5,430, creating a reliable and zero-emission energy system in an area that experiences daily power outages.

IREC will lead the support for Maricao in all phases of the microgrid project, with engineering and technical support from the University of Puerto Rico—Mayagüez and in partnership with a local 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, the Monte Azul Foundation.

Gender Equality: A Case Study at Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras Market

The future of Puerto Rico’s solar industry will depend on the strength and diversity of its workforce. At the Plaza del Mercado de Río Piedras in San Juan, IREC has partnered with the Hispanic Federation to install a 250 kW solar energy system on the rooftop. IREC worked with the installer, NEO ERA Energy Solutions, to prioritize the hiring of a diverse workforce that includes women and the LGBTQ+ community.

Ada Ramona Miranda, one of the solar workers at the market, hopes her own experience can help reduce barriers for more women to work in clean energy. “At every moment I thank all the women who’ve opened doors for us, because we aren’t the first ones here,” she said.

About Us

The PRSBA encompasses the following program areas:

  • Solar workforce development in Puerto Rico
  • Technical assistance to Puerto Rico solar companies
  • Expanding financing options for solar projects
  • Helping two communities develop, acquire, install, and operate two solar energy microgrid pilot projects

Puerto Rico enacted a law in 2019 which established the goal to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050. This ambitious objective will require unprecedented growth in all renewables and especially solar, the most abundant renewable energy source in this U.S. territory.

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.

Other PRSBA partners include the Microgrid Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico—Mayagüez, Oxfam, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and Institute for Building Technology and Safety.

In June 2022, IBTS led a QA/QC training at Huertas College as part of our program to advance solar workforce development in Puerto Rico.
Contact Us

To get in touch with us about the PRBSA, contact Loramia Jaramillo, Program Manager; or Carlos Alberto Velázquez López, Program Director. Fill out our contact form here 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.

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