A year ago today Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, killing nearly 3,000 American citizens and wrecking the island’s electric grid, leading to more than one million residents spending months without power.
As documented by pv magazine, the U.S. and global solar and energy storage industries stepped up to this challenge by supplying aid, including getting the power back on at emergency shelters, hospitals, clinics, food markets and other locations in Puerto Rico.
To mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria, we teamed up with SunCast to create an episode of the podcast to discuss solar’s role in assisting with the island’s recovery. SunCast Host Nico Johnson and pv magazine Americas Editor Christian Roselund spoke with Andrea Luecke, the president and executive director of Solar Foundation and founder of non-profit Solar Saves Lives, as well as John Berger, the CEO of Sunnova. Sunnova plays a particularly important role as the largest non-utility supplier of electricity to Puerto Rico’s residential sector.
This episode is part of an ongoing editorial collaboration between pv magazine USA and SunCast. We encourage you to subscribe to SunCast to hear more great interviews like these.
To make a donation to the Solar Foundation to assist in the ongoing recovery of Puerto Rico, click here.