Sunrun and Empowered by Light, in partnership with Aireko Energy Group, announced an expansion of their collaboration to bring solar power to critical fire stations in Puerto Rico. The initiative will equip a total of eight fire stations on the island with solar power and battery storage, which will power critical emergency systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
"Empowered by Light is delighted to continue partnering with Sunrun, and now with our local construction partner, Aireko Energy Group, to build solar systems to power critical communication centers at five more fire stations without power," said Marco Krapels, co-founder of Empowered by Light.
"Extreme weather events will continue to have long and devastating impact on communities around the world and it's crucial to rebuild with smarter, resilient and distributed energy," said Lynn Jurich, co-founder and CEO of Sunrun. "Solar power and battery storage can be installed in less than two days to provide immediate relief when the power is down, and then offer a long-term solution by connecting to the grid and providing services to surrounding communities when electricity is restored."
"Firefighters across Puerto Rico are still struggling to find power at home and work," said San Juan Fire Department Lieutenant Francisco Cruz. "These solar and battery systems are bringing our critical equipment back up and running, keeping it on, and enabling us to again serve our communities desperately in need."
"We are humbled to be in the position to assist our firefighters, who save lives and help the most vulnerable in our community every day," said Waldemar E. ("Tito") Toro, P.E., President of Aireko Energy Group. "Installing solar plus battery storage systems at these fire stations is a small token of our gratitude to these women and men."