Puerto Rico’s Solar Revolution: What We Can Learn From the Island’s Energy Crisis
When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, it effectively demolished the island’s aging and inefficient power grid, leaving 3.4 million residents without power.
Air conditioning couldn’t work. Water couldn’t be pumped to higher floors. Hospitals couldn’t maintain lifesaving machinery. Diesel and propane generators helped, but they’re costly and unwieldy and pump noxious fumes into the air.
It would be late November before more than half the island had electricity restored. And some remote areas were without power for nearly a year.