While natural disasters capture headlines and national attention short-term, the work of recovery and rebuilding is long-term."
—Sylvia Matthews Burwell, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
We are proud to announce that as of today, Black & Veatch's ongoing mission to give power resiliency to the 140-student SU Manuel Ortiz school in Puerto Rico's Yabucoa district is officially complete, 11 months after the community was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Maria. This exciting milestone is a part of our voluntary relief efforts involving “SunCrate,” an innovative, scalable, plug-and-play sunshine-to-energy module that’s an effective mitigation measure to back up the traditional power supply from the grid. The
This humanitarian effort to return sustainable electricity to the K-8 school, found along the island’s southeastern coast, drew donated equipment and expertise from a collection of North American companies. Additional support for the Yabucoa project came from Tesla, Canadian Solar Inc., and Lloyd Electric Co.
Black & Veatch, Tesla, Canadian Solar, Lloyd Electric and SunCrate Energy bring resilient microgrid power to SU Manuel Ortiz in Puerto Rico Eleven months since their three-building school was first plunged into darkness by Hurricane Maria, 140 students in Puerto Rico’s picturesque Yabucoa district have reliable power. Resilient electricity service was provided Saturday to the SU Manuel Ortiz school through an innovative scalable, plug-and-play sunshine-to-energy module pioneered by SunCrate Energy with Black & Veatch support.
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The humanitarian effort to return sustainable electricity to the K-8 school, found along the island’s hard-hit southeastern coast, drew donated equipment and expertise from a collection of North American companies. Additional support for the Yabucoa project came from Tesla, Canadian Solar
"We are grateful for this initiative, which will equip this school with the technology needed to become a resilient campus and not dependent on the status of the power grid. This means that if we are hit with future harmful weather events, the school will be able to open more quickly and continue providing services to students,” Puerto Rico Secretary of Education Julia Keleher said.
“As families in the region begin to prepare for the school year, this community is still impacted by the longest U.S. power outage in history,” said Dolf Ivener, a Midwestern entrepreneur who owns King of Trails Construction and SunCrate Energy, which is donating the
“Canadian Solar has a long history of using solar power to support humanitarian efforts aiding victims of social injustice and natural disasters, including previous donations to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria," said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar. "We are pleased to make the difference for these schoolchildren in Yabucoa who have been without reliable power for too long.”
“Through our experience providing engineering services in Puerto Rico for nearly 50 years, including dozens of specialized projects for local government and industrial clients, we see great potential for SunCrate as a source of resilient power for the Commonwealth’s remote schools and communities at large,” said Charles Moseley, a Program Director in Black & Veatch’s water business. “We hope that the deployment of the SunCrate in Yabucoa sets a precedent for