By Justin Worland, Time Magazine
Authorities acknowledge they need months before power returns to some regions. Still, energy experts say the rebuilding effort offers a unique opportunity to outfit the island with the electric grid of the future: a state-of-the-art system built from scratch using renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which would be cheaper to operate and would respond better to the next hurricane. The reimagined grid would rely on the concept of a microgrid, which are localized electric grids that allow communities to keep power even if centralized power plants are not functioning. Click here to read more.
Photo: A woman looks out from her damaged house in San Isidro, Puerto Rico on Sept. 28, 2017. Andres Kudacki for Time Magazine
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- sonnen Inc. Pledges to Build and Donate Microgrids to Help Bring Emergency Power to the People of Puerto Rico, PR Newswire
- sonnen to build microgrids in Puerto Rico, PV Magazine
The company has already begun shipping energy storage systems to Puerto Rico, and hopes to have the first microgrids up and running in a month’s time.
Photo: A sonnen community in Germany with solar + storage..