Carlos Alberto Velázquez López is Program Director at The Solar Foundation, where he oversees Puerto Rico programs including the Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator. As an environmental manager by education, Carlos Alberto has been able to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to problem analysis and solutions. After having completed two tours in the United States Marine Corps, he was honorably discharged in 2006 and quickly transitioned to serving Puerto Rico in the capacity of advising environmental and political organizations on federal, environmental, and energy matters. Instrumental in the early coalitions that advocated for net metering and interconnection of distributed generation in Puerto Rico, he eventually became the managing partner for a local energy and photovoltaic design and installation company. After Hurricanes Irma and Maria, he led an exemplary team of engineers, financial experts, and community economic development professionals to put together a conceptual design for a community-based renewable energy microgrid. That initiative became the basis for an ongoing energy cooperative model that is in development in rural areas of Puerto Rico.
Carlos Alberto has accompanied the Department of Commerce to missions in Central America as an advisor on microgrid regulations and development. He is an active contributor as a subject matter expert to environmental and climate-related radio shows. He is an active contributor to the PR Bureau of Energy on issues such as energy efficiency, microgrid regulations, and the Integrated Resource Plan. In his free time, he serves as a visionary guidance panelist for the Americas for Conservation and the Arts NGO on their ecotourism and cultural tourism projects being developed in Puerto Rico.
Carlos Alberto says: “A photovoltaic project is more than just engineering. It is more than the capture, conversion, and transfer of electrons from point A to point B. A successful project looks at the economics, the technology, equity and access, the regulatory environment, education, job creation, and environmental concerns. The Solar Foundation is one of the only places that I have found that encourages and leads the multidisciplinary approach that is necessary to implement a successful photovoltaic program. I am very enthusiastic to welcome and represent this vision of The Solar Foundation in Puerto Rico.”