During Puerto Rico’s Blackout, Solar Microgrids Kept The Lights On

Thanks to its own solar electricity and battery storage system, installed after the storm, the community center in Humacao, Puerto Rico, has its own power. With lots of flat roofs, this island could be perfect for solar panel installations.

Seven months after Hurricane Maria hit Humacao, Puerto Rico–the first town on the island in the path of the storm–the community still hasn’t been connected to the national electric grid. But when the national grid went down last week after an accident , a community center in Humacao still had power. The community center, like several other buildings across the island, now has its own solar electricity and battery storage system. “I think the irony wasn’t lost on anyone that we were sitting there with a full suite of electrical power while the rest of the island did not […]

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