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These Pro Athletes Are Raising Money To Bring Solar Power To Puerto Rico

There are 1 comment on the Fast Company story from Feb 1, 2018, titled These Pro Athletes Are Raising Money To Bring Solar Power To Puerto Rico. In it, Fast Company reports that:

Winter Olympian Apolo Ohno and soccer players David Villa and KakA are helping to fund a new push for renewables as the island rebuilds. Four months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, around 450,000 people still lack power, and the local electric utility–which is on track to run out of money by mid-February without a massive loan–is still struggling to rebuild the grid.

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Solarman

Dewey, AZ

#1 Feb 1, 2018
"But smaller solar microgrids, relying on batteries rather than the grid, have been able to quickly provide power to critical locations including hospitals, schools, community centers, a water pumping station, and remote mountain communities."

Yes, small distributed micro-grids with local energy storage. Puerto Rico has become the poster child of what's wrong with the "standard" utility business model, centralized usually fueled generation with power corridors to distribute the power to ratepayers. Those with the foresight to install their own solar PV systems, reaped the rewards of getting their businesses up and running within a few days of Maria's destruction.

""The systems can be installed quickly, says Davey, who visited the island to see some of the microgrids that Tesla has already installed.“They can come in and literally within six days they had the pumps turned back on for the freshwater supply for the entire island of Vieques,” he says.“Then six days later, they were able to put another installation in and get the hospital up and running.”"

Fast turn around times for damaged power production to 'specific' socially needed infrastructure like fresh water pumps and hospitals. It's all in the planning, the old grid should be placed on 'backup' and standby, instead of primary power source. Puerto Rico will "prove" that the grid infrastructure should be used to enhance power distribution between micro-grid energy storage units and perhaps a hydro powered generation resource that is centralized.

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