Solar For Disaster Relief — Part 2
In March of 2019, we partnered with the City of Madison, Northwind Solar, and the Couillard Solar Foundation to conduct a solar installation and training for the municipality of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, which had been without power for months in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
In late February 2020, we will be returning to Toa Baja, Puerto Rico to conduct a second workshop and installation. Using donated modules and racking, we will again be working with our partners at the City of Toa Baja and the local technical college to install an 8 kW system on the Toa Baja municipal police department.
The police department was without power for one and a half months after Hurricane Maria, as the utility grid was down and their backup generator did not work. This installation will have an inverter that is utility interactive with battery backup and will provide the police department with over 20 kWh of energy storage and an 8 kW PV system capable of keeping the battery bank charged when there is no utility source available. This system will enable the police department to maintain its critical functions throughout grid outages and reduce the operating costs for the facility year round.