ARRAYS OF LIGHT FOR PUERTO RICO’S POWER GRID

ARRAYS OF LIGHT FOR PUERTO RICO’S POWER GRID

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.

NEARSIGHTED LEGISLATION PROHIBITS GRID UPGRADE IN PUERTO RICO

NEARSIGHTED LEGISLATION PROHIBITS GRID UPGRADE IN PUERTO RICO

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.

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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