radio station Radio Casa Pueblo, located in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, says it is now
operating entirely with renewable energy.
to the broadcaster, the project, which was carried out in collaboration with Maximo
Solar Industries, takes on a special significance after the devastation of
hurricane Maria last year. The station, whose operation no longer depends on
electricity from the island’s wrecked grid, says it played a big part in informing inhabitants of the island’s
central region during the hurricane.
Casa Pueblo marks a new path for telecommunications. After hurricane Maria,
communications collapsed for several reasons such as destroyed antennas,
impassable access roads and the lack of fuel for power generators,” said Arturo
Massol Deyá, associate director of Casa Pueblo.
Casa Pueblo already worked with solar power, the transmitter still depended on
a power generator. The high conventional costs of operating this transmitter
strained the daily operation of our radio station. This solar project liberates
us from onerous expenses and leaves us better prepared, not only for our daily
work but also to face emergencies.”
project, which cost nearly US$73,000, consisted of the installation of 42 solar
panels of 260 watts each, producing around 16,000 annual kWh, combined with a Deka Unigy
II 48AVR95-93 battery that provides power for the station's total operation.
“Puerto Rico’s energy transformation toward a cleaner and sustainable model
requires palpable, concrete actions,” said Máximo Torres, president of Maximo
Solar Industries. “Today we are participants of a real initiative to help one
of many energy projects that produce and store their energy. These are projects
that greatly contribute to improving Puerto Rico and its communities,” Torres added.
Casa Pueblo broadcasts on 1020AM in the central zone of Puerto Rico and via the