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Power to the Neighborhood – Literally

Positive Future #134 (Feature photo – Back-up Batteries – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Some citizens of Puerto Rico are just now getting their power on after the 2017 hurricane season of last year. The year 2017 and others have not been forgotten and are driving greater consciousness for the establishment of micro-grids. A micro grid is a neighborhood, city, apartment complex or other smaller power community that establishes its own power or back-up power plan. It is no secret that large providers of grid energy are the first to fail in any type of unusual event. It is neighborhood resources that count in times of emergency. The City of San…

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Poverty Stricken and Hurricane Battered – Window to the Future?

Positive Future #116 (Feature photo – Micro-Grid Equipment Being Shipped to Puerto Rico – photo courtesy of Sonnen) There is little question the power systems of Puerto Rico failed the majority of its 3.5 million residents during the 2017 hurricane season. Out of a virtual collapse of the energy grid, and delays in its reconstruction, micro-grids are growing up in Puerto Rico. Now, with the 2018 hurricane season approaching, Puerto Ricans are looking to micro-grids as a way to the future – small independent solar farms with batteries for storage and backup. It is much easier for a large hurricane to take down a national grid than it is to…

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