COMMITMENT TO ACTION
Solar Saves Lives: Solar Power for Primary Health Clinics in Puerto Rico
Commitment by Direct Relief International, Hispanic Federation, New Energy, The Solar Foundation
In 2018, Direct Relief, the Hispanic Federation, The Solar Foundation, and New Energy PR committed to install solar or solar + storage systems at 12 primary care clinics in Puerto Rico. These clinics have been identified in partnership with the Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, which oversees 60+ federally funded clinics on the island. Health clinics were hit hard by Hurricane Maria, with extended power outages causing losses of medicines and compromising clinics' ability to provide care. Six months on, health centers - especially those in rural and remote areas - still struggle with unreliable access to power. To address immediate energy needs and build the long-term resilience of these facilities, the solar systems will cover at minimum the critical energy needs of each site, allowing them to restore services and ensure continuity of care into the future, regardless of their access to grid power.