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“Empowered by Light is delighted to continue partnering with
“Extreme weather events will continue to have long and devastating impact on communities around the world and it’s crucial to rebuild with smarter, resilient and distributed energy,” said
“We are humbled to be in the position to assist our firefighters, who save lives and help the most vulnerable in our community every day,” said Waldemar E. (“Tito”) Toro, P.E., President of
Two months after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island, approximately half the island’s residents are still without power. Much of the island’s critical infrastructure has been relying on diesel generators in the absence of the power grid, but most of those generators weren’t designed to run on a continuous basis, and as a result, many are failing.
In addition to providing immediate support to a portion of the island’s critical infrastructure,
These installations are examples of microgrids, which are self-contained electrical systems that will enable the fire stations to keep their critical communication systems running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The technology consists of three components: solar panels, batteries, and an inverter with charge controllers.
During the day, solar panels take the energy from the sun, send it to the charge controller and power life-saving equipment at the fire station. Energy generated and not used is stored in the battery so that when the sun goes down at night, the battery can power all the critical equipment until the next day. The systems are designed to be flexible enough to run completely independently. When the power grid infrastructure improves, the solar and battery system can become part of the grid solution and provide peak load shaving and ancillary services.
Empowered by Light is a 501©3 non-profit focused on empowering communities using renewable energy technologies. The organization has developed solar projects in seven countries, helping school-age children study better and longer, and powering conservation centers, ranger stations and indigenous communities in ecologically sensitive areas of the world. For more information about Empowered by Light, visit https://www.empoweredbylight.org/
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