Chicago, August 15, 2023
Chicago, August 15, 2023 — As part of the strategy to modernize Puerto Rico’s power grid, U.S. Energy
Sec. Jennifer Granholm recently announced new funding initiatives aimed at bringing solar panels to
disadvantaged residents of Puerto Rico.
The announcement came during the Hispanics in Energy Reception in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 31,
which marked a significant step forward in addressing energy disparities and advancing clean energy
accessibility for Puerto Rico residents.
Executives from Great Lakes Solex PR, LLC., an Illinois, minority-owned, solar energy company were
particularly keen on the announcement as the company has made a commitment to providing solar
solutions to underserved communities, particularly in Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland.
“We are honored to have been part of the Hispanics in Energy Reception and to witness Secretary
Granholm’s announcement of new funding initiatives,” stated Sam Sanchez, President and Co-Founder
of Great Lakes Solex. “Our participation underscores our commitment to driving positive change through
sustainable renewable energy solutions. We are excited about the prospect of contributing to Puerto
Rico’s renewable energy landscape.”
Great Lakes Solex plans to open a solar panel facility in Aguadilla, PR that will produce 6 Gigawatts of
solar panels annually, create more than 800 new jobs, and partner with post-secondary education
institutions to create workforce development pipeline training programs.
In addition, Great Lakes Solex’s leadership met with Mayor Julio Roldán Concepcíon of Aguadilla to
discuss the establishment of a state-of-the-art solar manufacturing facility in the municipality. The plant
will bolster local direct and indirect employment opportunities and also contribute significantly to the
growth of renewable energy generation in the region.
Joining Great Lakes Solex in Puerto Rico was Jaime di Paulo, President and CEO of the Illinois Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce (IHCC).
“The IHCC supports member companies such as Great Lakes that look to expand business growth and
development in Puerto Rico,” stated di Paulo. “IHCC will actively seek to identify other Illinois-based
companies that may be ripe for business opportunities on the island and look forward to hosting Mayor
Roldán Concepcíon in Chicago in the coming weeks.”
Great Lakes Solex has also strategically partnered with Invest Puerto Rico (IPR), the island’s business
attraction organization. IPR helps companies interested in getting established on the island by assisting
them in navigating incentives, connecting them to resources for real estate selection and access to
talent, and providing introductions to key stakeholders like sector experts and industry associations.
With the support of Hispanics in Energy, the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Invest Puerto
Rico, Great Lakes Solex will continue to innovate and collaborate toward a cleaner and more inclusive
energy future. The company remains steadfast in its dedication to creating lasting impacts in
communities and driving progress in the realm of solar energy.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Great Lakes PR, LLC.
Jaime di Paulo
President & CEO
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
About Great Lakes Solex PR, LLC.
Great Lakes Solex is a leading sustainable energy solutions provider specializing in solar technology and
innovation. With a mission to promote accessibility to clean energy and contribute to a more sustainable
future, Great Lakes Solex is committed to driving positive change in communities and advancing
renewable energy infrastructure.
About Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
IHCC’s mission is to cultivate knowledge, connections, and collaboration to effect transformational social
change and achieve sustainable economic impact through entrepreneurship. IHCC is a community of
business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals with a membership base of over 100,000. We are
committed to helping entrepreneurs grow by equipping them with the tools and resources they need to
be competitive in today’s economy.
About Invest Puerto Rico
Invest Puerto Rico is the economic development organization created by law with the purpose of
promoting Puerto Rico abroad as a competitive jurisdiction for investment, focused on attracting new
businesses and capital to foster economic growth on the Island. Our vision is to be an entity focused on
results that accelerates Puerto Rico’s transformation and generates more and better jobs on the island.