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Empowered by Light’s work has been featured in international, national and local media outlets.
Who. What. Why. | June 4, 2018
When the power went out in Puerto Rico in April, the lights remained on in a handful of fire stations. Why did they have power? They relied on solar energy as part of an initiative led by Empowered by Light that seeks to better prepare the island for emergencies by making critical infrastructure more resilient — particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Public News Service | May 31, 2018
Empowered by Light is installing solar energy systems at Puerto Rican fire stations ahead of hurricane season in part to help show that distributed power is more reliable for the island.
KCBS Radio | May 30, 2018
KCBS Radio covers Empowered By Light’s efforts to help Puerto Rican fire stations go solar.
El Vocero | May 8, 2018
The Fire Department of Puerto Rico has ruled out the traditional energy service provided by the Electric Power Authority (AEE), and has instead opted for the installation of a solar energy system in each of its stations.
Who. What. Why. | April 21, 2018
Puerto Rico suffered another island-wide power outage this week — seven months after it was hit by Hurricane Maria. This new setback highlights a trap the island finds itself in: forced to repair an antiquated power grid dependent upon imported fossil fuels, with no real hope of adopting new technologies that Americans on the mainland take for granted.
PBS Newshour | March 20, 2018
Six months after Hurricane Maria, and whole towns in Puerto Rico still remain without power. But... Naguabo’s firehouse sat energized, thanks in part to a 6,600-kilowatt solar system and a humanitarian effort led by a San Francisco-based nonprofit called Empowered by Light.
NowThis | November 6, 2017
Michela Pereira| HLN's MicheLA | October 19, 2017
Adriana De Jesús Salamán | Noticel | October 18, 2017
While the local government is promising to restore the electricity service almost in full by December—helped along by several loans—, three US organizations have provided working solar micro-networks free of charge and devoid of any political intervention.
What's in it for them? The satisfaction of having helped bring electricity to areas that have been in the dark for weeks—as well as being the light at times like these, which is greatly appreciated.