A matter of life and death’: Financing that gets energy resilience to low-income communities that need it the most

by Jeff Fromuth, SEPA Power

When power went out across Puerto Rico a year ago during Hurricane Maria, the lights stayed on at Casa Pueblo, a grassroots environmental nonprofit in the small mountain town of Adjuntas. People who had lost electricity came to the center for news and to charge their phones and, in some cases, receive respiratory therapy and dialysis.

All this was possible because Casa Pueblo, which has run on solar power since 1999, had installed a microgrid of photovoltaic (PV) solar and energy storage back-up, allowing it to “island” itself, and not only in emergency situations. The organization has a radio station, Radio Casa Pueblo, a library and a movie theater that run entirely on solar.

read more: https://sepapower.org/knowledge/a-matter-of-life-and-death-financing-that-gets-energy-resilience-to-low-income-communities-that-need-it-the-most/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202018-09-06%20Utility%20Dive%20Solar%20%5Bissue:17002%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive:%20Solar

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