As Elon Musk Proposes Taking Over Power Authority, Puerto Ricans Demand Community-Owned Solar Power

AMY GOODMAN: So, as the governor announced they were going to try to cancel this Whitefish Energy contract, on Sunday, we were in the offices of Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo. He is the head of UTIER, the electrical workers’ union in Puerto Rico. We were asking him about Elon Musk’s proposal to make Puerto Rico a […]

Can solar energy speed Puerto Rico’s recovery? Here’s what it would take

NSIKAN AKPAN: When Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority had been relying on imported fossil fuels for 98 percent of its energy. Its major plants beam power from the south to the heavily populated north and west. The storm flooded these power stations, ripped out 65 percent of aboveground cables and crippled the […]

Can Tesla Rebuild Puerto Rico Power Grid? (Sí Se Puede)

– Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated Puerto Rico. Elon Musk offered to help, and in a few short weeks, they’ve already installed a new sustainable energy system for Hospital del Niño, in San Juan, that’s the Children’s Hospital, Elon called this “The first of many solar and battery projects going live in Puerto Rico.” […]