American company delivered solar panels to Caimito. They also delivered water filters for communities in Cataño and Loíza.
San Juan, Puerto Rico – In accordance with its work plan and as part of the #EstuarioRevive campaign, the San Juan Bay Estuary Program (Estuario) Executive Director, Brenda Torres Barreto, announced today the installation of solar panels at the Caimito Community Center, in San Juan. This is an effort between the San Juan Bay Estuary Program, Give Power Foundation and Cypress Creek Renewables, which donated the equipment.
“We are providing a glimmer of hope to the community of Caimito in San Juan. The [San Juan Bay] estuary watershed is born in this community, and our mission is to sustainably manage water resources to achieve their restoration. There are communities surrounding the San Juan Bay Estuary that do not yet have basic services. We are supporting these communities in revitalization efforts, seeking innovative solutions that are of benefit to all who reside in them. This solar equipment will not only alleviate their current situation, but will be a source of energy for the future, thus promoting the sustainability of Puerto Rico,” said the Executive Director.
“Cypress Creek Renewables and the Give Power Foundation are very excited to work with Aireko and the Caimito community to bring clean, renewable energy and battery storage to the Caimito Cultural Center. This project was made possible by hundreds of people and individual donations and another dozen corporate partners throughout the United States, we appreciate the help and support of all those who made it possible. This type of project not only allows the Caimito Cultural Center to be lit up again, but also serves as an example of what is expected to be the future of a clean and resilient network in Puerto Rico,” said Chris Quaterman, vice president of strategic marketing for the company.
The Director informed that the purpose of the installation of these panels in the Community Center of Caimito responds to the need to concentrate efforts in one place for the benefit of all, efforts that have already been carried out with some difficulties, due to the lack of energy. In this Center, support is offered to families who do not yet have electric service; community meetings, talks, and events are held, health services are offered and it serves as a center of cultural activity. This is the only free center that serves the community.
Estuario, together with the support of Give Power and the collaboration of Centros Sor Isolina Ferré, distributed water filters to 200 families in Caimito, Cataño and Loíza.