Sonnen to help build microgrids in Puerto Rico!
The German microgrid company Sonnen— has announced that it was shipping Sonnen home batteries to Puerto Rico to help set up more microgrids in the area.
In a press statement, Sonnen said it was already sending batteries to the island from its manufacturing center in Atlanta, Georgia. The company is partnering with local renewable energy company Pura Energia to install the systems. “With over 21,000 actual working installations worldwide, Sonnen's energy storage system is uniquely equipped to help provide relief in Puerto Rico, with no delay,” the press statement said. “In fact, since early 2016, Sonnen has had functional energy storage systems installed in Puerto Rico.”
Sonnen said Pura Energia would target emergency relief sites first, offering subsidized solar and battery systems to “emergency medical clinics” that need refrigerators to store medicine, and then move on to connecting other emergency shelters. “Sonnen management is also interested in partnering with a clean water filtration company” to complement the installations at these emergency medical clinics and shelters, the company said.
Sonnen Batterie Steps Up
Sonnen Batterie, the German energy-storage company, that is the world’s leader in energy storage, has already donated microgrid systems that could get the process started. Working with local company Pura Energia, which hooks its solar panels to Sonnen’s batteries, Sonnen is providing microgrids to 15 storm-ravaged centers on the island, and expects demand for additional systems on the island to rise. If it does, the company plans to donate the profits from local sales to build up to 35 more microgrids on Puerto Rico.
Switching to a microgrid powered by renewable resources like wind and solar energy would have a positive effect on the environment, make things cheaper for residents of Puerto Rico, and leave less infrastructure to rebuild the next time a hurricane hits. Plus, fewer links between each section of the grid would localize outages in the case of a storm, and microgrids can rebound more quickly from blackouts by sourcing power from alternate energy and backup storage.
With a major commitment from Sonnen Batterie to help build microgrids, some of the stress has been greatly reduced for the main electricity producer PREPA, which hopes to have between 65 to 70 per cent of the island with power by the end of the year.