As Puerto Rico’s power problems continue, some local nonprofits are stepping up efforts to install solar panels to provide electricity off the national grid.
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Wilfredo Pérez shows off the solar panels that he installed on the roof of his Adjuntas barbershop with the aid of the nonprofit Casa Pueblo.
Pérez’s barbershop is now entirely powered by solar energy.
Osvaldo Santiago Robles, the anchor at Radio Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas. The station is powered by solar panels.
José J. Terrasa-Soler, Jonathan Marvel, and Jan M. Curet-Alvarado of Marvel Architects started Resilient Power Puerto Rico to help communities gain access to solar panels.
Children take a self-defense class as part of the after-school program at the Buena Vista Hato Rey Community Center at Caño Martín Peña, which is powered by Resilient Power Puerto Rico solar panels.
Solar panels on the roof of the Buena Vista Hato Rey Community Center at Caño Martín Peña, which is still surrounded by houses topped with FEMA tarps.
Casa Pueblo “solar cinema” in Adjuntas brings the community together to watch local and Latin films.
Gladys Nazario and José Abreu, an educator and organizer at the social services nonprofit Corporacion De Servicios De Salud Primaria Y Desarrollo Socioeconomico El Otoao, show off their solar panel–powered house.
A youth group at El Coquí in Salinas is trained to help install solar panels in the community by Ruth Santiago, member of the nonprofit Initiative for the Eco-Development of Jobos Bay.
Electrician Daniel de Jesús explains the inner workings of a solar-powered electric system.
Casa Pueblo solar technician Braulio Castillo assembles battery packs for planned solar-powered refrigerators to be installed in houses around the community of Adjuntas.
Casa Pueblo’s main building in Adjuntas is powered entirely by renewable energy.