Puerto Rico

PR-Grid II, January 28-29, 2019, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Join leading Puerto Rico stakeholders at the 2nd Puerto Rico Grid Revitalization & Investment Forum (PR-GRID II) on January 28th – 29th in San Juan. Co-hosted by New Energy Events and the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA), PR-GRID II is convened as a marketplace for commercial, industrial, and municipal customers to meet and transact with developers and financiers of microgrids, mini-grids, solar, and storage. What: PR GRID II Dates: January 28-29, 2019 Location: […]

HOMER® Energy Provides Training in Puerto Rico with PR-SEIA

HOMER Energy Support Manager Aleph Baumbach and solar engineer Alison Mason are in Puerto Rico at the moment discussing ways that solar-plus-storage systems can help restore electricity to the island. The occasion is a meeting of Puerto Rico Solar Energy Industry Association, and HOMER Energy will be conducting a two day Foundations training on the use of HOMER Pro. Puerto Rico is is still devastated after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island in […]

HOMER Energy Explores Microgrid and Renewable Energy Solutions for Puerto Rico

Close to three months after Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, utterly destroying the island’s electrical grid – as well as countless homes and communities –  much of the island is still without power. And, where power has been restored, it is often unreliable. Puerto Rico’s aging electrical grid was already in bad shape, but a direct hit from Category 4 storm Maria dealt a catastrophic blow to the infrastructure of the Puerto […]

How You Can Help Puerto Rico Rebuild Following Hurricane Maria

Concrete power line poles lie on a highway after Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Many of you in the microgrid industry have asked me what we can do to help Puerto Ricans get the lights back on quickly, and cleanly. Seven weeks after Hurricane Maria wiped out 100% of the ailing power grid, 70% of Puerto Ricans still do not have electricity, and many expect it will take a full year to restore the whole island. We all know that solar + storage microgrids can be installed […]

From Maria to Microgrids: Why Puerto Rico’s Energy Future Should Be Built on Distributed Energy

Concrete power line poles lie on a highway after Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico has a very long and politicized electrical grid history, and politics will play a big role in how the island territory will recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm that hit the island on September 20, 2017. Puerto Rico, barely recovering from Hurricane Irma, was devastated by Maria, a storm so large and so direct that its eye alone literally covered the entire island. The storm destroyed more than three-fourths of the island’s power infrastructure, leaving Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents without power. Current estimates are that most of the country won’t be back on-grid for months.