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This microdocumentary will give you an insight look on how communities in Puerto Rico have been able to generate their own energy using solar power. They will speak about the challenges they face in the transition to renewable energy. Particularly, once they have installed the panels we want to explore how can these initiatives make solar energy sustainable?

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La vía hacia la autosuficiencia energética

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Some communities in Puerto Rico that lived six months without electricity after Hurricane María, got tired of waiting for a better electricity grid and service. That inspired several communities to start solar initiatives across the archipelago. Neighbors got together to start projects like community kitchens with solar energy and micro-grids that could support their wellbeing and fuel local businesses.

For the fiscal year 2020, only 2.5% of Puerto Rico’s electricity is generated by renewable energy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration

Many of the members of these initiatives want these models to be replicated so more people can take ownership of their energy resources.

This story will document different models for solar communities and what challenges they face in the transition. Particularly, once they have installed the panels we want to explore how can these initiatives make solar energy sustainable?

El Departamento de Comida, for example,  has been implementing solar energy in their agricultural project. They’re creating a toolkit called “El Toolkit de Energía Para Todxs” (Spanish for the “Energy for All Toolkit”). The purpose of the toolkit is to serve as a blueprint for the different models of generating renewable energy and make it accessible to other communities that want to do the same.

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Sheyla Dibona $15.00 19 de febrero de 2021

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