30 Sep '17, 7pm

The Promise & Perils Of Renewable Energy & Microgrids For Puerto Rico

The Promise & Perils Of Renewable Energy & Microgrids For Puerto Rico

PREPA has virtually ignored renewable energy, getting only 3% of its energy from wind or solar today. This despite the fact that its prevailing breezes and abundant sunshine make it an ideal candidate for both. It also follows the grid model that has prevailed throughout America since the days when Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse arm wrestled about the relative merits of DC and AC power — a central generating station linked by high tension wires to substations, then out to homes and businesses via a welter of poles, wires, and transformers. “A microgrid’s multiple generation sources and ability to isolate itself from the larger network during an outage on the central grid ensures highly reliable power,” a recent report from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association found.

Full article: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/09/30/promise-perils-renew...

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