Solar-Thermal Panel Donation Brings Hope to Puerto Rico
DONATION: GEN2-O SOLAR-THERMAL GENERATOR- POWER PANEL
LIVES IMPACTED: 1,000
Puerto Rico was one of the most devastated regions following the seemingly never-ending 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season. Hurricane Maria was the most devastating of the storms packing winds that flattened thousands of homes, killed hundreds of people and severely damaged the island’s infrastructure. Even today, many residents continue to live without electricity and struggle to obtain food and water. The response to this tragedy has been slow due the lack of resources and the difficulty of navigating the nearly nonexistent roads. Good360 knew that to effectively respond to the needs of the island, there would need to be multiple players who could each bring their own form of expertise to the project.
Good360 teamed up with Crisis Response International (CRI), a nonprofit disaster relief organization that trains volunteers and mobilizes resources for disasters around the world, and Power Panel, a leading innovator in turnkey solar technology solutions. Good360 met Power Panel through our relationship with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), an organization looking for ways in which its industry members can make an impact in disaster-impacted regions. Together the three parties arranged the delivery of a mobile GEN2-O solar-thermal generator to Puerto Rico. The GEN2-O will bring power and hot water to Dos Bocas, a community that has been largely neglected because media attention had been focused on other nearby towns and larger cities.
The mobile GEN2-O solar-thermal generator’s trek originated in Detroit, and progressed through the Puerto Rican forest to the rural and remote community where CRI had deployed volunteers. Once the generator arrived, a representative from Power Panel flew down to Puerto Rico to install the generator himself and teach the volunteers and members of the community how it functions. Power Panel went above and beyond by providing their expertise along with their donation and ensuring that the generator was operating at its optimum capacity.
Donations of solar-thermal generators are critical to the recovery of these hurricane-impacted communities, especially since some estimate that the immobilized electrical grid could take up to eight more months to get back up and running. This donation is an excellent example of the important role that collaborative models play in disaster recovery. CRI identified a critical need on the ground, Good360 was able to leverage its corporate relationships to fill that need and Power Panel ensured that the donation was immediately put to its optimum use. Working together while leveraging our respective strengths, we can effectively tackle complex challenges in the disaster field.