Solar Microgrid Systems for Off-Grid Communities in Puerto Rico

Work with Puerto Rican communities and Puerto Rico Science Trust to evaluate new and existing microgrid networks, enable real-time sensor monitoring, and train community leaders to maintain their systems.

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About

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit in 2017, the community of Toro Negro survived without electricity for eight months. They started a grassroots effort to create 20 solar micro-grid systems for their 28 homes, with another being built for their community center. Working with the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust, TECRE plans to evaluate Toro Negro’s 20 microgrid systems, install sensors to monitor each system, and perform technical analysis to optimize the solar microgrids for the community’s electrical needs. 

Toro Negro is just one of the many communities that need energy independence to have consistent and reliable access to electricity. Even today, Puerto Rican residents experience periodic blackouts due to the main electrical grid’s instability. Looking forward, we will use the data from this project to create resources for other communities to bring renewable energy to the entire island of Puerto Rico.


The Technology and Education Center for Renewable Energy (TECRE) is a Puerto Rican 
501(c)(3) that promotes solar energy through experiential education in collaboration with public and private entities.