The rest of the U.S. citizenry appears to have forgotten about Puerto Rico and the suffering of its people (also U.S. citizens) – but companies like sonnen and Pura Energía are working to return electricity to critical infrastructure projects like schools.
Puerto Rico: The devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico was vast and indiscriminate. Reporter Daniella Cheslow visited some of the areas most badly affected and found a shredded grid, a rising demand for energy independence, solar and storage, and a heartening reminder of humankind’s capacity for kindness, endurance and determination.
The island’s largest residential solar installer is asking Congress to modify the investment tax credit (ITC) into a cash-grant program, which it says would encourage private investment in the area.
In a pointed letter to Puerto Rico’s utility, the U.S. residential solar provider, who has been trying to provide power to customers on the island since two hurricanes devastated it earlier this year, blasts the utility for making its job infinitely harder.
Three months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, about half the capital San Juan is still waiting for the lights to come back on. In this interview with journalist Daniella Cheslow, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz says this is an opportunity for private capital to help transform the city and the territory into a solar laboratory.
Under the leadership of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Puerto Rico Energy Resiliency Working Group (PRERWG) released a 63-page plan to build a more resilient power system for the U.S. territory, following the devastation by two hurricanes earlier this year.
The U.S. territory is still devastated and is struggling with basic needs, including a widespread lack of electricity. Global nonprofit OHorizons and battery company sonnen are trying to help.
The organizations will provide PV and storage to a total of eight more power stations stations, as half of the island remains without electricity.
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