After hurricane Maria we became aware of the fragility of the island's electric infrastructure. A few years ago our institution installed solar panels as an effort to conserve energy and to promote environment conservation. Our system does not have a battery storage and with the lack of electric energy we were not able to use it during the most needed times. The funds will be used to acquire a battery storage system that will serve as a back up to continue our most needed educational services.
Puerto Rico was recently devastated by Hurricane Maria. The damages to the electrical system of the island were enormous. At this moment, more than 15% of the population in our area does not have electricity. Unfortunately, without the battery storage, the solar panels on their own are not enough to supply the energy needed to continue our services. This affects the 455 students, their families and the surrounding communities that we serve.
During the hurricane recovery, we provided meals to all personnel that were working as first res-ponders in the disaster relief efforts in our area. With the acquisition of the battery storage system we will reassure our educational and community services to continue. Once we get the battery storage system installed we will be able to meet the institution's energy needs with the electricity produced by the solar panels to continue our educational services.
The solar energy project will provide the students safety and reassurance. It will guarantee the continuation of the much needed educational services. We will be able to educate the community about how to work with off the grid systems. With this project our school community will be reducing the carbon footprint contributing to the conservation of the environment.