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.

Summary

Commitment

Solar Saves Lives: Solar Power for Primary Health Clinics in Puerto Rico

Launched

2017

Est. Duration

1 Year

Estimated Total Value

$3,252,000

Region

Caribbean

Countries

Puerto Rico

Commitment by

Direct Relief International, Hispanic Federation, New Energy, The Solar Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Asociación de Salud Primaria de PR, Magno International, Operation Blessing International, Soltec, SunPower Corporation, Variety Energy