Five years ago, Puerto Rico’s grid was decimated by Hurricane Maria. Out of the destruction, many hoped that Puerto Rico’s new grid could be built around solar and batteries – replacing centralized gas, coal, and oil plants connected with remote transmission lines.
That’s not how the recovery played out. Today, Puerto Rico still relies heavily on centralized fossil fuels. And the island’s utility is still facing long blackouts and accusations of mismanagement.
But a bottom-up movement has emerged supporting tens of thousands of rooftop solar and battery installations. These systems are being installed with minimal support from the government.
Will this distributed energy help make Puerto Rico more resilient? Or will the island lock in more fossil fuels?
We’ll speak with Canary Media reporter Maria Gallucci, who just got back from a reporting trip there. Read her feature.
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