We are sending solar technology to hurricane-devastated areas. Donate now.
In September 2017, Hurricanes Maria and Irma swept across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, devastating the lives of 3.5 million American citizens. Several weeks after the storms, the islands remain in urgent need of reliable electricity, clean water, and food. Full restoration of the power grid is expected to take months. Remote and rural locations have been hit especially hard.
The American solar industry has a unique and immediate opportunity to help. Solar and solar + storage technologies can help communities restore electricity and provide essential services like lighting, refrigeration, and fresh water. This will help address immediate, short-term needs while building a more resilient electricity grid for the future.
Solar Saves Lives is an initiative led by The Solar Foundation to coordinate the delivery and installation of donated solar equipment to areas in need. We are proud to coordinate this initiative with our partners including the Clinton Foundation, Operation Blessing, Direct Relief, and J/P HRO.
We are seeking product donations and monetary donations from solar companies, other businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the general public.
Items we are seeking most urgently include:
- Portable solar equipment, such as lanterns and cell chargers.
- Containerized or cabinetized generators, such as solar refrigeration units, solar pumping units, and solar water purification units.
- Components for system installations including modules, inverters, battery banks, and charge controllers.
- Any other solar and storage equipment you are able to provide.
Contributions are tax-deductible and are welcome from individuals and corporate entities, large and small. You can make a huge difference by committing to a corporate matching campaign or employee giving campaign. We can help you create a campaign that works for you. We also encourage you to host a fundraiser to support this initiative.
Fill out the form below to make an equipment donation or monetary donation. Companies that wish to make equipment donations will receive a followup message with details on shipping.
Which type of tax-deductible donation would you like to make?
“By making product donations that will bring electricity to places where it’s needed the most, the solar industry can make an immediate impact today. We are proud to support this effort to aid the recovery from these devastating hurricanes and build a more resilient future.” — Boaz Soifer, CEO, BayWa r.e. Solar Systems
Where Will My Donation Go?
Donated equipment should be shipped to Ocala, Florida, where we have partners to aggregate and transport the equipment directly to affected areas. Through our partners, we are coordinating with installers on the ground to ensure proper installation and service. One immediate priority is to restore power in two food markets in the heart of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Both food markets provide a critical food source for vulnerable populations. Donated equipment is urgently needed in order for these food markets to reopen.
Another priority is the 62 rural medical clinics in Puerto Rico — many of which remain closed due to lack of power. These clinics not only provide critical medical services but can serve as distribution centers for additional supplies. The Solar Foundation will track the donations and send delivery confirmation to donors.
Donations through Solar Saves Lives are being made at the request of governments in the region, and will be given directly to fulfill specific needs on the ground, as assessed by local officials and relief organizations.
Why Solar Saves Lives?
Solar Saves Lives is a unique effort that is uniting solar companies and leading relief organizations to deliver supplies where they are needed the most. Leading the effort is The Solar Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is bringing the solar industry together in a coordinated response to the hurricanes. Building on the work that the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and individual solar companies have already done, we are proud to lead this initiative and expand the network of organizations involved in the relief efforts.
Your monetary contributions will go directly to the relief effort, minus a small administrative fee of 5 percent.
This effort is part of The Solar Foundation’s larger initiative to respond to emergencies and promote solar-resilient communities, harnessing the power of solar and solar+storage technologies. Learn more about The Solar Foundation.
“With battery storage, solar power is the resilient, low-cost energy solution of the future. Alongside Solar Saves Lives, Sunrun is proud to provide the immediate relief of clean, reliable power that will last for decades to come.” — Lynn Jurich, co-founder and CEO, Sunrun
“We are calling on our members to do their part to help turn the lights on after the hurricanes. Together, we will restore electricity in critical locations while helping upgrade the grid with distributed energy and solar + storage technologies.” — Tom Tansy, Chairman, SunSpec Alliance
“Carolina Solar is excited to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands rebuild critical electric services with solar and distributed generation. The contributions made through Solar Saves Lives will help use local energy resources to build a resilient electric grid.” — Richard Harkrader, CEO, Carolina Solar Energy LLC
“We are proud to participate in this amazing effort. Our monetary contribution to Solar Saves Lives will help cover the cost of shipping products from the mainland United States to Puerto Rico. We hope that other solar companies and members of the general public will join us to support the recovery in this time of great need. We know that solar can make an immediate and lasting impact on the people of Puerto Rico, and we are privileged to be able to help.” — Daniel Moyer, Chief Operating Officer, CAM Solar