E031: Rebuilding Puerto Rico With Solar and Storage, Interview With Congresswoman Gonzalez-Colon

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Who: Congresswoman Gonzalez-Colon, Puerto Rico’s only representative in Congress Impact: Over a million Americans living in Puerto Rico are still without access to energy, more than 90 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island. The solar industry has been coming together to show the potential of solar plus storage by powering hospitals, fire stations and homes across the island. SolarWakeup View: While the priority in Puerto Rico is to get the transmission and distribution systems back up and running (put the poles back up), reinvesting in traditional power sources makes no sense. The hurdle is that PREPA is bankrupt and without direction. Puerto Rico needs Congress to write down the loans and a utility comes in to operate the power system outside of the Government system. In the meantime, solar will find opportunities to rebuild through FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers. Related: Solar Foundation has an effort with the Clinton Foundation visit solarsaveslives.org Tickets for SolarWakeup Live! New York are now available

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