sonnen, the specialist in intelligent residential energy storage, announced the official formation of the sonnen Foundation for Energy Security, following an executive leadership visit and subsequent microgrid tour alongside Puerto Rican government officials and its local energy partner on the island, Pura Energia.
The Foundation's platform will enable the implementation of additional microgrids at sites around, including schools, community centers and relief shelters. This mission of bringing relief to individuals and entire communities in need, including those affected by energy instability, speaks to sonnen's core principles for achieving clean, reliable and affordable energy for all.
sonnen global leadership, led by CEOand SVP Blake Richetta, met with local government in , specifically Governor , , the Governor's Advisor on Infrastructure Development, and Sub-Secretary of Economic Development & Commerce, , to tour the "Energy Oasis" (solar plus sonnenBatterie) microgrids and discuss a future of energy resiliency for the island.
Given the devastation across the island and the uncertainty about power restoration timelines, these community microgrids are critical in providing much needed, short-term relief for the residents ofand establishing a resilient infrastructure to withstand future climate disasters. Thus far, sonnen and Pura Energia have donated six Energy Oases, at key community sites across the island, with nine more microgrids planned for the coming weeks. Active microgrids include:
"is primed for solar energy as we have the sun power and our electricity is one of the most expensive things on the island," said , spokesperson for . "Solar energy would have a huge impact on every Puerto Rican's financial situation, radically shifting the quality of life in the . Power lines have been down since Hurricane Maria and grid services are not expected to be available for six to seven months or longer, making solar microgrids an essential element for relief and recovery."
In addition to providing reliable energy for the community, the sonnen and Pura Energia microgrids offer a clean, maintenance-free and quiet alternative to the generators that are polluting the air inevery day, creating a public health concern and damaging the environment.
"sonnen's vision for, like the established concept of sonnenCommunity in and , is to incorporate both solar and battery storage into new home development, resulting in an integrated approach that truly performs as a Virtual Power Plant (VPP)," said , sonnen's Senior Vice President and head of the U.S. subsidiary. "Investing in now will pave the way not only for recovery, but for long-term growth and prosperity. As a country, if we fail to invest in during this time of need, the result could be disastrous."
sonnen also met with the Department of Economic Development to discuss business investments in, expanding the Company's distribution channel to the island and creating jobs to aid in their economic recovery.
"The vision of sonnen is aligned with the commitment of Gov.administration in rebuilding a solid electrical infrastructure based on different alternative energy sources," said , Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce. "We thank sonnen and its local distributor, Pura Energia, for their efforts and commitment to the people of , and we hope that this will be the beginning of a long-term relationship between sonnen and ."