Loíza Fe: Futuro de Energía para Villa Cañona

Our fundraiser for this project has launched! Click here to learn more.

Climable, in collaboration with Clean Water Action, has teamed up to bring a reliable source of energy to the Comité Pro-Desarrollo Villa Cañona, a nonprofit in Loíza, Puerto Rico. Loíza was hit hard by Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and a week later by Hurricane María. People there went without power for over 6 months. The death toll in Loíza was especially high because of the difficulty of refrigerating insulin in an area where many people have diabetes. The Comité organized to get meals to their neighbors and serve as a command center for distribution of goods to the people that needed them.

The fine folks of Villa Cañona are working alongside us to electrify their community center with clean energy. The center was damaged by a tree falling on it during the hurricanes; as a result, the building is undergoing structural reinforcement and getting a new roof. Together, we plan to add solar panels and battery storage so that this center can be a resource to residents in an emergency. Ideally, the project will also include a way to purify water and provide reliable communications so that people can communicate with the capitol, with family that lives elsewhere, and emergency services.

Climable and Clean Water Action will be hosting a series of fundraisers to pay for the solar panels and batteries needed to make this community center self-sufficient. If you are interested in learning more, please email us at info@climable.org.

Bonus! We’re also finalists to win an OffGridBox, a 6’x6’x6’ container that houses solar panels, water purification, battery storage, phone charging ports, and wi-fi. You can vote once per email. Just use the link above and enter Climable.org as the project name. Winning this box would greatly offset the amount we need to fundraise for while also adding reliable communications to the mix. We’d love to send the box to Villa Cañona! VOTE HERE!!!!

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resilient urban neighborhoods (RUN)

Resilient Urban Neighborhoods is a collaboration between clean energy technical organizations Climable.org, Clean Energy Solutions, Inc., Peregrine Energy Group, and Climate Action Business Association that assists local grassroots organizations with clean energy projects for their communities. The team’s goal is to increase renewable energy generation and storage technologies in Massachusetts and beyond, create new localized business opportunities, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The team believes that clean energy should be accessible to everyone, not just affluent communities, institutions, and industries. One ideal vehicle for this work is a distributed, clean-energy microgrid. RUN promotes energy democracy by taking the traditional microgrid model and adjusting it to accommodate buildings across a community, in contrast to a traditional campus-style microgrid. In this way, people and communities can exercise control over their energy future. Adding electric vehicles and reliable communications to the model allows a community to prosper in place in an emergency. In this approach, grassroots partners have decision-making power since it is the community that knows best what it needs. 

We had a great conversation in Rhode Island about our microgrid projects in Massachusetts and potentially creating them in Rhode Island! To learn more about microgrids check out this video and find more information on our website: climable.org

Behind the Switch Podcast

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In the fall of 2016 Climable.org teamed up with Synapse Energy Economics Inc., to create the Behind the Switch Podcast. Behind the Switch provides clear answers to complex questions about energy and the environment. Targeted at a wide audience, each stand-alone miniseries consists of several episodes of 15 minutes or less. The first season asks the question: why are electricity prices so high in New England, or are they?

By harnessing the strengths of the podcast’s two sponsors – Synapse’s unique energy-industry expertise and Climable.org’s excellence at communicating reliable, non-technical energy and climate information – Behind the Switch provides a unique perspective on the electric industry, approachable for every day electric consumers who may have never looked at their bill and industry-insiders alike.

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The Farm School

In 2017, Climable.org partnered with The Farm School to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy at the school's farm located in central Massachusetts. The Climable.org team worked with federal and state agencies along with the local utility to research viable technology options that met the unique needs of the Farm School’s campus. Through our research, Climable.org was able to identify available funding sources for increased energy efficiency measures as well as renewable energy technologies such as solar-powered water pumps. The Climable.org team looks forward to seeing this project through to its implementation phase, set to be completed in 2020.