Monday, January 15, 2018

Job Posting - Intern for Community Solar at University of Puerto Rico

Intern - Solar Gardens for Puerto Rico

The Intern will work an average of 10 hours per week for one semester.

The Intern will respond to all communications within one business day

The intern will be willing and able to travel to storm-affected regions of the island


Graduate student at UPR Mayaguez in Electrical, Environmental or Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Community Development, Sustainability, Green Business or a comparable field (advanced undergraduates with exceptional ability will be considered)

Commitment to 100% renewable energy for Puerto Rico, a sustainable and resilient recovery, and the fight against climate change

Excellent writing and public presentation ability in Spanish and English (required)

Good organizational skills and meticulous note taking

Leadership skills and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds

Access to a vehicle to travel to storm-impacted regions of the island

Basic knowledge of renewable energy and electric grid terms (preferred, but not required - we can train you)

Photography and video editing experience (a plus but not required)

Web development experience (a plus but not required)


Translate course materials and act as interpreter as needed

Grade assignments, papers, and exams as needed

Lead course sections and present video and Skype material

Assist in forming an island-wide organization supporting community owned renewable energy

Travel to storm-affected parts of the island to perform site assessments and meet with local organizers

Public speaking in person and on video

Send resume and cover letter (English) to:

Joy Hughes, Executive Director, Solar Gardens Institute - Deputy Director, Clean Energy Relief Inc.

About us:

Solar Gardens Institute (2/3 of hours)

Founded in 2010, Solar Gardens Institute supports community renewable policy, education and training programs, and early stage project development

Our Mission

To educate and learn from the public about community solar energy.

To promote good community energy policy at all levels of government and in all types of electric utilities.

To assist local organizations in organizing, developing, and managing community-owned solar energy projects everywhere.

To provide a way for everyone to own solar panels, making clean energy affordable and available for all humanity.

Clean Energy Relief (1/3 of hours)

We are a small group of concerned citizens with backgrounds in renewable energy and telecommunications. Several of us rode through Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irma. We all have friends in the Caribbean whose lives have been dangerously disrupted. When Maria hit hard we could no longer just send thoughts and prayers, our years of experience jump started us into action and we rolled up our sleeves and dove in with a mission to help in a meaningful way.

We believe we've identified a single solution that addresses the basic needs we all face in modern society; POWER, WATER, REFRIGERATION and COMMUNICATION. We have assembled the tools necessary to provide for these basic needs in a neat and affordable package.

Together we can bring power to the people. We welcome you to join us!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Proposed Rules for Puerto Rico Microgrids | Greentech Media


Puerto Rico will be home to the first solar gardens implemented as microgrids!

According to the commission's regulation, “a microgrid shall consist, at a minimum, of generation assets, loads and distribution infrastructure. Microgrids shall include sufficient generation, storage assets and advanced distribution technologies to serve load under normal operating and usage conditions.”

All microgrids must be renewable (with at least 75 percent of power from clean energy), combined heat and power (CHP) or hybrid CHP-and-renewable systems. 

The regulation applies to microgrids controlled and owned by individuals, customer cooperatives, nonprofit and for-profit companies, and cities, but not those owned by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). Owners must submit a registration application for approval, including a certification of inspection from a licensed electric engineer, and an annual fuel, generation and sales report that details generation and fuel source, as well as any change in the number of customers served.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Tallahassee Energizes Inaugural Community Solar Project | Solar Industry

The Florida state capital might’ve made national headlines after seeing its first snowfall in decades on Wednesday, but the City of Tallahassee also recently marked a major renewable energy milestone: the completion of its first community solar farm.

According to a city press release, crews finished construction on the 20 MW, 120-acre solar farm last month. Located on property of the Tallahassee International Airport (TLH), the project was a partnership with Origis Energy USA and included the installation of more than 200,000 thin-film solar panels. Earlier this week, solar energy generated by the farm became fully integrated into the city’s electric grid.

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