Puerto Rico went dark 6 months ago. Could a solar smart grid prevent the next energy disaster?

Puerto Rico went dark 6 months ago. Could a solar smart grid prevent the next energy disaster?

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.

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U. S. Groups Provide Power to Fire Stations

U. S. Groups Provide Power to Fire Stations

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.

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Solar Industry Wants to Build Puerto Rico's Grid of the Future

Solar Industry Wants to Build Puerto Rico's Grid of the Future

Naureen S Malik and Brian Eckhouse | Bloomberg | October 16, 2017

It began with a question posed by Richard Birt, a Las Vegas Fire & Rescue captain: What do you need?

The answer for the San Juan fire house was simple enough: electricity. It’s what much of Puerto Rico has needed since Hurricane Maria tore through the commonwealth more than three weeks ago, laying waste to an already weak grid. Without power, basic logistics such as coordinating and transporting equipment had proven insurmountable

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A fire department in Puerto Rico is now powered by solar: 'It's a matter of life and death'

A fire department in Puerto Rico is now powered by solar: 'It's a matter of life and death'

Tucker Higgins| CNBC News| October 13, 2017

It's another hot, sweaty day in hurricane-battered San Juan.

The muggy weather might be uncomfortable, but it is great news for firefighters at the Barrio Obrero fire station and the residents they serve, where the hot weather and shining sun could soon start saving lives.

The fire station on Friday installed a 4-kilowatt solar system that will provide it with full power, including its communications system. The station has been without reliable power since Hurricane Maria struck the island on Sept. 20.

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Incredible Collaboration Empowers Villagers to Go Solar, Save Wildlife

Incredible Collaboration Empowers Villagers to Go Solar, Save Wildlife

Moira Hanes | EcoWatch | June 19, 2017

This fall, rangers protecting rhinos, tigers and other endangered wildlife in Nepal's famous Chitwan National Park will get a solar system that powers one of their isolated stations deep in the jungle. At the same time, local women will get the training and tools they need to sell low-cost clean energy technologies to people living in the buffer zone that surrounds the park.

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Empowering the protectors of Chitwan National Park in Nepal

Empowering the protectors of Chitwan National Park in Nepal

Matthew Podolsky| Eyes on Conservation| June 14, 2017

Today’s guests on the show are working to empower local entrepreneurs and bring solar power to the Buffer Zone communities of Nepal. Moira Hanes is the co-founder and board chair of Empowered by Light, and Anya Cherneff is the co-founder and executive director of Empower Generation.

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Solar Energy Empowers Villagers and Saves Wildlife in Nepal

Solar Energy Empowers Villagers and Saves Wildlife in Nepal

Planet Experts | June 14, 2017

This fall, rangers protecting rhinos, tigers and other endangered wildlife in Nepal’s famous Chitwan National Park will get a solar system that will light and power an isolated ranger outpost deep in the jungle. At the same time, local women will get the training and tools they need to sell low-cost clean energy technologies to people living in the buffer zone that surrounds the park. This is all part of continued collaboration in Nepal by Empowered by Light, which helps remote communities throughout the world develop renewable energy projects, and Empower Generation, which empowers women to become clean-energy entrepreneurs.

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