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The entire territory of Puerto Rico is without electricity and thousands of residents are without access to drinking water after Hurricane Fiona barreled through the archipelago on Sun., Sept. 18.
Nuestro Bosque Solar y la infraestructura instalada intacta. A muchos la energía de resguardo les sirvió bien durante el paso de Fiona. Tan pronto salga el, la generación en el punto de consumo regresa en lugares remotos que quedan rezagados por semanas del sistema central. pic.twitter.com/G98RT8oJA0— Casa Pueblo (@casapuebloorg) September 19, 2022
Puerto Rico continues to remain beholden to an obsolete centralized energy grid that cannot withstand the current effects of climate change, even after the sweeping loss of human lives and natural destruction brought by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
It took nearly a year to restore electricity to all of Puerto Rico’s three million residents after Hurricane Maria. An estimated 3,000 people lost their lives.
A network of rooftop solar panels is being built by the grassroots environmental coalition, Alliance for Renewable Energy Now (Alianza para Energía Renovable Ahora) — represented by Earthjustice — with the goal of revolutionizing the way Puerto Rico harnesses and distributes energy.
But the coalition has faced stiff opposition from fossil fuel companies that want to keep Puerto Rico reliant on oil and gas imports.
Additional ways you can help: Add your voice in calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure investments fund a climate-resilient, 100% clean energy system for Puerto Rico.