Resilient Power Puerto Rico

Resilient Power Puerto Rico

Resilient Power Puerto Rico

Resilient Power Puerto Rico is an architect-led effort to confront the humanitarian crisis that ensued after hurricanes Irma and Maria caused massive destruction to the islands of Puerto Rico, collapsing the energy grid and damaging 80% of the transmission and distribution lines.


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Blue tarps as temporary roofs.
Launched just after the devastating landfall of Hurricane María and organized by a group of the Puerto Rican diaspora in New York City, the project seeks to bring resilience to cities and communities by offering photovoltaic (PV) energy systems and battery storage. 
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Caño Martin Peña - Buena Vista Community Center
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CAÑO MARTIN PEÑA - Las Monjas COMMUNITY CENTER
The pilot project of this effort was set up in four community centers in the Caño Martín Peña sector of San Juan, one of the densest urban communities in Puerto Rico. The solar hubs provide five to seven KW of power to each center, working with existing building systems to maximize the benefits to the community of 26,000 residents.
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CAÑO MARTIN PEÑA - LAS MONJAS COMMUNITY CENTER
Each solar hub costs between $25,000 and $30,000, and was built with help from the community. Funds came entirely from donations and went directly to the community installations.
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CAÑO MARTIN PEÑA - BUENA VISTA COMMUNITY CENTER
Community participation was paramount to make sure the solutions worked well with the specific needs and expectations of the residents they are serving.
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CAÑO MARTIN PEÑA - BUENA VISTA COMMUNITY CENTER
These solar microgrids were installed through donations of materials and work, and developed by a group of collaborators in New York and Puerto Rico.
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Luis Carlos Robles, Jonathan Marvel, & Jan Curet
Working with local electrical engineers and certified installers, RPPR then built a team to address the specific needs of each urban center.
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Daguao Community Center, Naguabo
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Atmar Educational Center, Maunabo
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Daguao Community Center, Naguabo
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Daguao Community Center, Naguabo
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El Coqui Community Center, Salinas
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El Coqui Community Center, Salinas
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Casa Verde, Punta Tuna Nature Reserve, Maunabo
Year
2018
Location
Puerto Rico
Client
Fundación Banco Popular, ACACIA Network, Para La Naturaleza, PRxPR, ConPRmetidos, Fundación Segarra Boerman
Design Team
Jonathan Marvel, Cristina Roig, José Juan Terrasa, Alejandra Castrodad Jan Curet, Daniela Lloveras Marxuach
Consultants
AZ Engineering, NEO ERA Energy Solutions, CSA Group
Awards
AIA Presidential Citation
Photography Credits
Marvel Architects, Monica Felix, Diana Serrano, Scott lahan, Novaconcepts
Rendering Credits
Jan Curet
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