Puerto Rico Solar Clinic

In Projects by Brother's Brother Foundation

Background: Ponce Medical Foundation (PMF) has approached BBF with quotes for solar panels, batteries, and inverters to be installed at three of their associated medical centers and clinics. The foundation is based in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on the southern coast of the island. Electricity has been intermittent in PR since the hurricane, and though the situation is improving there are still occasional power outages.

The three proposed clinics are all in rural areas in the mountainous central region of Puerto Rico – the first is in the town of Jayuya, another is in the town of Castañer, and the third is in Adjuntas. The three locations were selected according to their need.
Background: Ponce Medical Foundation (PMF) has approached BBF with quotes for solar panels, batteries, and inverters to be installed at three of their associated medical centers and clinics. The foundation is based in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on the southern coast of the island. Electricity has been intermittent in PR since the hurricane, and though the situation is improving there are still occasional power outages.

The three proposed clinics are all in rural areas in the mountainous central region of Puerto Rico – the first is in the town of Jayuya, another is in the town of Castañer, and the third is in Adjuntas. The three locations were selected according to their need.

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Rationale: Power outages cause disruptions in medical service that significantly affect patients. The power grid of the country is particularly vulnerable in the mountainous areas where these three solar clinics are situated. The medical centers have also served as communication hubs for the region during disasters, meaning the power grid has two important functions. Installing a solar panel system would assist hospitals in being able to run, allow them to save money in electricity charges, and help them continue to perform as communication hubs during emergencies.

There is currently enough money remaining in the Puerto Rico to fund these three solar clinics. PMF confirming the three clinics as high-need also ensures the money is going where it will best be used.

Cost: Ponce has forwarded a quote for the solar panel installation in Jayuya. The quote was from an agency based in Puerto Rico, and received in early May. The estimate was for $56,172. If we take this amounts to be a standard estimate, the cost for all three clinics would be within the range of $175,000-$200,000.
Rationale: Power outages cause disruptions in medical service that significantly affect patients. The power grid of the country is particularly vulnerable in the mountainous areas where these three solar clinics are situated. The medical centers have also served as communication hubs for the region during disasters, meaning the power grid has two important functions. Installing a solar panel system would assist hospitals in being able to run, allow them to save money in electricity charges, and help them continue to perform as communication hubs during emergencies.

There is currently enough money remaining in the Puerto Rico to fund these three solar clinics. PMF confirming the three clinics as high-need also ensures the money is going where it will best be used.

Cost: Ponce has forwarded a quote for the solar panel installation in Jayuya. The quote was from an agency based in Puerto Rico, and received in early May. The estimate was for $56,172. If we take this amounts to be a standard estimate, the cost for all three clinics would be within the range of $175,000-$200,000.