Loraima Jaramillo-Nieves is a Program Manager supporting The Solar Foundation’s initiatives in Puerto Rico, such as a workforce needs analysis report, solar and storage demonstration microgrid projects, and the Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator. Dr. Jaramillo earned a master’s degree in Operations Management and Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. She went on to earn a magister in Energy Efficiency and Climate Change and a doctoral degree in Environment and its human and socio-economic dimensions from the University Complutense of Madrid.
Since 2010, Loraima has been studying Puerto Rico’s power sector and renewable energy market evolution. Her research explored the pioneers of the renewable energy industry and the community experience, as well as the barriers, market failures, and perceptions related to this industry. She worked at the National Institute of Energy and Island Sustainability at the University of Puerto Rico, where she coordinated the Annual Energy Report of Puerto Rico for 2016 and 2017. In the 2017 report, she co-wrote the chapter with recommendations for rebuilding Puerto Rico’s power system after Hurricane María. Dr. Jaramillo also collaborated with community aqueducts providing pollution prevention technical assistance.
Loraima says: “Islands with weakened or insufficient electric infrastructure are embracing the transition to solar power and other renewable energy increasingly. Puerto Rico is not the exception, especially with recent blackout events throughout the territory that have left serious consequences for public health and safety. I am excited to join The Solar Foundation team and contribute to the evolution of this industry here in my homeland. I believe that the strategies that derive from future projects will help to build a stronger solar energy sector.”