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Wood Mackenzie, Let’s Share the Sun donate solar PV system to women’s shelter

Energy research firm Wood Mackenzie has partnered with Let’s Share the Sun and others to donate a solar panel and battery storage system to a domestic violence shelter in Puerto Rico.

This system will significantly cover the shelter’s power needs, according to company officials. The shelter, one of the largest in the National Network of Domestic Violence Safe Houses, accommodates more than 100 women.

Luke Lewandowski, Wood Mackenzie’s vice president of global renewables research, remarked, “This initiative provides vital support on International Women’s Day, offering financial relief and energy independence to an at-risk population.”

“This was a very unique opportunity to provide energy and domestic security to an area that often lacks both,” said Luke Lewandowski, vice president of global renewables research for Wood Mackenzie.

“It means a lot to work with this shelter on International Women’s Day and support this community through the benefits of sustainable energy. This new solar and storage system will provide financial relief to the shelter and give energy independence to this at-risk population,” he said.

Wood Mackenzie will send a nine-volunteer delegation to Puerto Rico for the third year to support Let’s Share the Sun initiatives, which facilitate solar and energy storage in underserved communities worldwide.

The team will engage in fundraising and volunteering in Puerto Rico’s Adjuntas region. Last year, they installed 252 solar panels benefiting 39 homes and a shelter in Ponce.

“Our continued collaboration with Let’s Share the Sun demonstrates our commitment to this important mission of providing renewable energy to impoverished communities,” Lewandowski stated. “This year, we plan on doing more work than we have ever done in our continued mission to help the impoverished gain energy access and transform the way we power the planet.”

Let’s Share the Sun, established in 2010, has contributed to solar power projects in Haiti, Honduras and Puerto Rico.

“These solar installation delegation trips have a real personal and economic impact to beneficiaries, delegation participants and the local solar installation partners; this year, Sol de la Montaña and ISO Solar,” said Bernadette Jordan, Let’s Share the Sun’s executive director. 

“Last year, we partnered with Wood Mackenzie to provide services to several homes in Adjuntas and completed work on our first domestic violence safe house. This year, we are inspired to build upon this success and work on our second domestic violence safe house and we will continue our work on residential homes in Adjuntas,” she said.

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