Blue Planet Energy, a provider of off-grid energy storage, has deployed its Blue Ion energy storage systems in conjunction with solar at critical sites for recovery and electrification efforts in Puerto Rico.
Through collaboration with nongovernmental organizations and local groups, Blue Ion units are powering a clean water pumping system in the Corozal municipality and a volunteer housing facility in the Isabela municipality, regions that have not had reliable power since Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico in September, according to the company.
Blue Planet Energy deployed a 16 kWh Blue Ion 2.0 battery unit at a well pumping system deployed in Corozal by international sustainable water solutions nonprofit Water Mission, which is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to address the need for safe drinking water in up to 200 rural communities in Puerto Rico.
Paired with a 7 kW solar photovoltaic system, the Blue Ion unit provides off-grid power for the clean water pump station in Corozal’s remote Palos Blancos neighborhood, where some residents were previously forced to leave due to limited access to clean water and no access to reliable electricity. The battery system will extend the pump’s run time, support greater on-demand pumping service and provide supplemental charging for critical on-site communications components, says Blue Planet Energy.
Blue Planet Energy also deployed a 16 kWh Blue Ion system at the Las Dunas volunteer center, which offers housing and support for humanitarian aid workers installing solar energy kits in areas of need around Puerto Rico.
Completed through partnerships with the nonprofit Coastal Marine Resource Center (CMRC) and solar design and installation firm New Energy Consultants & Contracting, the Blue Ion unit provides off-grid energy storage to the center, which houses up to 15 volunteers. Prior to the unit’s installation, the center was left with no access to electricity. Now, the Blue Unit system allows the center to store excess solar energy generated during the day for use when the sun goes down.
“The Blue Ion system’s off-grid support perfectly complements our disaster relief efforts to help communities restore power,” says Walter Meyer-Rodriguez, CMRC project lead. “Partnering with Blue Planet Energy has helped to supply reliable power for our base operations, allowing us to meet our mission of deploying solar kits to areas hardest hit by Maria.”
CMRC plans to install more than 100 solar-plus-storage systems at community centers to boost recovery operations in the island’s most underserved regions.
Additional system components were provided by New Energy and Pennsylvania-based Warren Electric Cooperative, and New Energy technicians supported Blue Ion’s installation.
In parallel with these installations, Blue Planet Energy is also leading trainings and education sessions for organizations and individuals engaged in electrification efforts in Puerto Rico.