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An integrated solar and battery system was installed recently at Migrant Health Center in Las Marias, Puerto Rico, helping to ensure the facility will remain online even through a major disaster like Hurricane Maria, according to Direct Relief.
The project is one of several solar and battery installations underway at health centers across Puerto Rico. The next project is a $700,000 system at the Centro de Salud Familiar health center in Arroyo.
The Arroyo solar power and battery system is scheduled for completion in March 2019 and will represent the largest solar installation at a health center since the protracted blackout caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Solar installations at health centers and clinics in Puerto Rico are part of a larger effort to strengthen the island’s infrastructure. At least 40 other solar projects are underway through organizations that include the Clinton Foundation, the Hispanic Federation, the Solar Foundation, and Resilient Power Puerto Rico.