There are 94 fire stations in Puerto Rico with little information on facility infrastructure. Solar Responders would like to have a better understanding of the capacity of critical facilities and would like CECorps engineering assistance to do so. They would also like to understand gaps in facility operations and have reports on the status of facility structures and energy. The community partner would also like to have a better understanding of government funding (USDA, CORE3, etc) including engineering support.
- Structural soundness and installing solar panels
- Earthquake risk assessment
- Energy audit
- Engineering training for upcoming solar installers
About the Community
On September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria knocked out power to 100% of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents, hospitals, telecommunications, fire stations, and 85% of the police stations. The storm devastated all aspects of the electrical grid (the above-ground lines, transformers, power plants) which resulted in the longest blackout in the United States. An estimated 2,975 people died in Puerto Rico as a direct result of Hurricane Maria. Installation of solar panels on first responder buildings will increase the capacity of first responders to save lives in emergency situations as well as provide a safe haven for community members during a disaster.