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
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..
In this interview from the Solar Power International trade show, Sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann and Senior VP Blake Richetta talk about the market for backup power, and how this has been influenced by recent disasters. Read the interviewhere.
An event in November will be the beginning of the sonnen community in the US.
– Blake Richetta, from Gifford’s interview
FAQ: Does a storage battery qualify for the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit?
ANSWER: According to the Bloomberg article, Battery Storage Still Needs Solar for Growth: On their own, batteries don’t qualify for federal tax credits. But if a storage unit is charged at least 75 percent by solar, it can qualify for at least part of a U.S. subsidy enjoyed by those projects — the investment tax credit, according to David Burton, a New York-based partner at Mayer Brown LLP.