Category: Community Solar
The issue of microgrids is a topical issue as a solution to the problems of the need to integrate renewable energy into electrical systems in the United States, Europe, and other countries around the world.
The integration of community microgrids into the electric power system network of Puerto Rico, especially for residents in rural areas, is considered a solution of greater contribution to the recovery of the most affected electric power customers, after the passage of Hurricane Maria, which destroyed all of Puerto Rico's electrical system.
Recognizing the complexity of the implementation of community microgrid projects, a feasibility study process should be developed, considering the best practices in the technical, economic and social aspects, which are required to successfully integrate a microgrid project into the system of Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).
A community microgrid project will not stand a chance without active community participation. Therefore, the recommendation is that the community needs to organize a team from community members with formal technical education to participate actively since the beginning of the feasibility study.
The presentation will be in Spanish and English to include the solar energy professionals not only from the United States, but also from Latin America and Spanish speaking, such as Colombia, Panamá, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, etc.
Edison Parés– Senior Engineer / CEO, Edison Energy Engineering