With an electricity grid that is fragile and unstable, and the threat of another intense hurricane season looming, the means to access reliable power is critical for the safety and future of Puerto Rico. In response, the del Sol Foundation has launched the largest and most-ambitious energy security project in the history of Puerto Rico – the Lighthouse Project.
The entire project encompasses an island wide network of 3,000 microgrids and by building an initial fleet of 500 life-saving humanitarian microgrids, the Lighthouse Project - Fleet #1 creates an “energy safety net” that provides hope, relief, and resiliency for the people of Puerto Rico.
THE GOALS AND IMPACT OF THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT - FLEET #1
Build on the del Sol Foundation's Success in re-building communities devastated by Hurricane Maria
Provide reliable solar + storage microgrid technology to power communities
Partner with key local and national leaders and organizations
Place the microgrids at churches, empowering local faith centers to provide outreach and community building
Rapidly deploy a fleet of 500 microgrids before the height of Hurricane Season 2018
Protect Puerto Rico from ongoing power outages
POWERING RELIEF CENTERS IN PUERTO RICO
The Lighthouse Project - Fleet #1, consisting of 500 solar + storage microgrids, will provide life-sustaining access to clean water and power in the face of future devastating storms and grid instability. Each microgrid powers appliances, including:
Air conditioning units
Routers and cell phone chargers
Hot plate cookers
Clean water filtration systems
Each microgrid is capable of 13 consecutive hours of operation per day, making the Lighthouse Project - Fleet #1 capable of impacting 250,000 people a day.
The entire fleet of 3,000 planned microgrids has the potential to reach 1.5 million people.
The Lighthouse Project represents the largest humanitarian microgrid network of its kind. With a planned initial fleet of 500 solar + storage energy hubs throughout key communities in Puerto Rico, the project will enable the island to remain resilient in the face of continuing climate change and tropical storms which cause ongoing power outages. Each microgrid is capable of 13 consecutive hours of operation per day, making the initial Lighthouse Project - Fleet #1 capable of impacting 250,000 people a day. Eventually the total project is planned to include 3,000 microgrids which has the potential to reach 1.5 million people daily.