Last September, Hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico destroying nearly the entire electric grid. Over 90 percent of the island's residents lost power, and over half had no regular supply of clean drinking water.
With our partners SunRun, GivePower and the local fire department, along with many other dedicated individuals, Empowered by Light led an effort to install solar and energy storage systems, solar-powered water desalination and purification systems and water production systems to Puerto Rican fire stations and communities. We were able to restore reliable power to two fire stations and install four solar-powered water purification systems that provide clean drinking water to over 2,000 people daily.
In partnership with Sunrun and our local partner, Aireko Energy Group, we are installing solar energy systems on five additional fire stations--approximately 30 percent of which are still without power four months after the hurricane. In addition to supporting this component of the island's critical infrastructure, our projects demonstrate that restoring power to devastated areas with renewable energy technology can happen quickly and create better resilience for future extreme weather events.
BUT we need your help. We want to install these technologies at ALL 80 fire stations in Puerto Rico to help restore power to communities now, and help prepare them for a more resilient energy future. Your donations will help us achieve that goal.