The past few years have seen a huge growth in “community solar” projects; initiatives that create space and structure for people to share the benefits of solar installations. Shared solar panel projects are popping up all around the country, giving a wider range of people the benefits of solar power. The only thing missing? Community energy storage.
After a week without power in Puerto Rico, food is running short, clean water is scarce, and those in dire need of a hospital are finding medical facilities that are crippled by the lack of electricity. Generators were in widespread use, but they run on fuel, and fuel supplies are about to run dry as well. What if islands cut ties with non-renewable energy sources?