Puerto Rico’s southern shore has been rocked by a series of earthquakes since December 28, with the largest being a 6.4 on January 7. These quakes have caused significant damage to their energy supply, estimating a disruption in the Island’s electrical grid over the next year. Temporary shelter and power needs are expected to extend through 2020’s hurricane season.

NECHAMA is looking at partnering with the Footprint Project to support their ongoing work to provide emergency solar energy to communities in need of resilient, rapidly deployable power and shelter systems. Our Disaster Response Team (DRT) is deploying to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, January 14, to meet with the Footprint Project team, complete an assessment, and determine the feasibility, longevity, and structure of a potentially longer-term support program.