Quite a few months after Hurricane Maria hit the small Caribbean island nation of Puerto Rico – one in all thirteen “unincorporated territories” of the USA – its authorities have handed an invoice to maneuver the island to 100 percent renewable power by 2050, and it’s anticipated that the governor will signal it inside a month.
Puerto Rico joins a rising listing of US states and areas committing to transition to secure 100 percent of their electrical energy from both renewable vitality sources or the much less strict “clear vitality” sources (which embrace applied sciences similar to nuclear).
The 100% renewable invoice handed Puerto Rico’s Senate earlier this month, and given by way of the Home of Representatives this week, becoming a member of US states comparable to Hawaii, Washington DC, California, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Illinois, and a bunch of cities and municipalities.
Puerto Rico’s plan – which has been dispatched to the Governor’s desk and is predicted to be signed throughout the month – requires 100 percent renewable power to be made safe by 2050, with incremental milestones set for 2025 and 2040.
The plan additionally bans coal after 2028 – which is nothing, contemplating that coal supplied 17 percent of the island’s electrical energy in 2017, whereas renewable vitality solely offered 2 percent.
Within the wake of the devastating Category 5 Hurricane Maria’s observe throughout the nation in September 2017, the worth of renewable power – solar specifically – has risen dramatically, following an island-vast blackout, the most extended blackout in US historical past, and one just about ignored by Washington.
In that point, solar corporations akin to Sunnova, Tesla, and Sunrun moved in, providing solar for state-run infrastructure – comparable to hospitals and sewage remedy crops – and residents alike.
Solar, particularly when coupled with storage, gives island nations vulnerable to damaging storms resembling Puerto Rico – a probability which can solely enhance as local weather change progresses – offers steady energy technology.