More solar power companies and organizations are coming to aid in Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria. So, even as the Trump Administration has announced it will end the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, solar power is proving its powers as more utilities choose it over fossil fuel-based power.
Last week Empowered by Light, a nonprofit partnered with actor Mark Ruffalo, Sunrun, Givepower and Zero Mass Water, announced that they completed two solar microgrids in Puerto Rico and more are on the way. They also will install water purification and filtering stations to provide critical drinking water. The group also partnered to bring mobile solar to Puerto Rico to supply power in remote locations.
On Oct. 9, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Trump, announced that it will end Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The plan, according to environmental and renewable energy advocates, would have been the best chance to curb US carbon emissions.
However, the news comes even as utilities continue to add in more clean energy across the country because of falling prices and consumer demand. Michigan’s DTE Energy announced last week that it’s developed the largest solar power plant in the state, the 60 megawatt Lapeer Solar Park.
Solar also continues to innovate. In Vermont, for instance, Sun Shares said it announced a new type of community solar project. One in which employees in a workspace with a solar rooftop can opt in to the community solar project. The 200-kilowatt solar rooftop on the Innovation Center in Burlington is the first to offer its employees and employers a chance to buy into the project. Sun Shares was launched by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC).Tweet