Community-owned solar will soon power this small mountain town in Puerto Rico

Monday, June 12, 2023 - 20:23 in Earth & Climate

Puerto Rico-based Máximo Solar hired local women to help install the 700 solar panels that power the microgrid. Casa Pueblo This article originally appeared in Nexus Media News and Next City as part of a series that looks at how cities are tackling inequality and the climate crisis. A Spanish-language version of this article, translated by Patricia Guadalupe and produced by palabra, is available here. For two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, Lucy’s Pizza was the only restaurant open in the central mountain town of Adjuntas. The town’s 18,000 residents, like those on the rest of the island, were entirely without electricity.  “No one has power, you can’t get gas, it’s difficult to make food, so everyone came here to eat,” said owner Gustavo Irizarry. “The line,” he gestured...

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