Sunrun was solely chosen by Puerto Rico’s electrical utility supplier to assist rebuild and rework the island’s vitality system via the event of a 17 MW digital energy plant (VPP), the primary distributed large-scale storage program on the island.
The VPP will assist decrease vitality prices for all customers, cut back air pollution island-wide and assist harden Puerto Rico’s fragile grid with dependable, plentiful photo voltaic vitality by networking collectively greater than 7,000 Sunrun solar-plus-battery techniques put in on properties.
Sunrun will spend the following 12 months enrolling prospects into this system and start networked dispatches in 2024. Batteries enrolled within the VPP will proceed sustaining enough backup reserves to energy via potential grid outages at members’ properties. All prospects with batteries are additionally eligible to enroll and may choose out at any level in the course of the 10-year program.
“Puerto Ricans are able to make the transfer to dependable unbiased clear vitality options that can improve their sense of security and safety in their very own properties,” says Sunrun CEO Mary Powell. “We’re fixing vitality insecurity on the island by switching the mannequin in order that photo voltaic vitality is generated on rooftops and saved in batteries to energy every house, after which shared with neighbors, making a clear shared vitality financial system. That manner, residents not solely have management over their vitality at house, however also can share energy with their neighborhood and be compensated for it.”
“An enormous due to our channel companions in Puerto Rico, who’ve endured via so many climatic occasions but proceed to assist Sunrun ship vitality independence and peace of thoughts to hundreds of Puerto Rican households,” Powell continues. “I additionally wish to thank these devoted to advancing clear vitality coverage on the island to make these tasks attainable – Governor Pierluisi, the legislature, the Puerto Rico Vitality Bureau and the Photo voltaic and Vitality Storage Affiliation of Puerto Rico, in addition to the U.S. Division of Vitality, which has supplied technical help to the rebuilding effort. It’s crucial we proceed efforts to make sure there’s clear, dependable and inexpensive energy for all in Puerto Rico.”
In 2019, two years after Hurricane Maria dismantled the island’s electrical grid, the Puerto Rico Vitality Public Coverage Act was handed by the Legislature to set the parameters for a forward-looking vitality system that maximizes distributed technology. The Puerto Rico Vitality Bureau (PREB) decided that VPPs have been key to attaining the laws’s targets of constructing a resilient and sturdy vitality system and assembly Puerto Rico’s renewable portfolio requirements.
The governing board of the Puerto Rico Electrical Energy Authority accepted the phrases of the settlement on October 26, 2022, and the settlement is topic to regulatory sign-off by the Puerto Rico Vitality Bureau and the Fiscal Oversight Administration Board.