Schneider Electric’s volunteers unite to help family in need

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Eight months after Hurricane Maria devastated the power grid in Puerto Rico, the community of Utuado is still without power. Access to this community is limited because the main bridge washed away during the storm. Neighbors have since worked together to build an access bridge.

With the assistance of ACONER (Associacion de Consultores y Contratistas de Energia Renovable de Puerto Rico) many volunteers including engineers, installers, distributors, and manufacturers selected a family in this community to receive a photovoltaic system.

The matriarch of the recipient family, Senora Maria, told the story of how she had been without power since Hurricane Irma, which hit two weeks before Hurricane Maria. She has endured the past eight months using only a small backup generator that had been donated to her family. This generator enabled them to have power for only a few hours each day.

On May 23, 2018, the group of volunteers arrived and installed a solar array on the roof along with batteries and a ConextTM SW2524 inverter with a MPPT60 solar charge controller from Schneider Electric. By the end of the day, the residence had power generated by the solar modules and stored in the batteries.

“This is a forgotten area of Puerto Rico. It is unlikely they will get power for several months so it is up to the solar community to help.” says Edward Previdi (EPEnergy, LLC)

The installation was a combined effort from many in the Solar Industry of Puerto Rico and the volunteers all donated their time and expertise. Many companies donated materials and equipment. These included Caribbean Energy, Glenn International, AZ Engineering, AltE Store, Unirac, and Schneider Electric.

 

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