Microgrid Pilot Projects
The Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator will work with two Puerto Rico communities to develop microgrid projects using solar energy and battery storage.
Microgrids use solar energy and battery storage to provide a sustainable, local electricity source independent of the power grid. They support local resilience in areas that are especially vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters.
These upcoming projects aim to serve as models for designing, installing, and managing microgrids in Puerto Rico. Technical and administrative assistance will be provided by IREC, along with our partners at the Microgrid Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.
Castañer Selected for Microgrid Project
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. IREC 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.