As Puerto Rico Talks Solar, More Fossil-Fuel Power’s Starting Up

Oct. 16, 2017, 1:07 PM

While Puerto Rico’s governor talks about using solar panels and batteries to rebuild a grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria, the island’s importing more fossil fuel-powered generators to get the lights back on.

Diesel-fueled power generator unloaded in Puerto Rico on Oct. 13.
Source: APR Energy

This week, a ship carrying two diesel-fired turbines docked in San Juan. They were delivered Oct. 14 to the Palo Seco power plant, one of the few complexes still connected to working transmission lines capable of getting power to homes and businesses in the capital. By Oct. 25, they’ll be burning about 85,000 gallons of diesel a day to generate electricity, said John Campion, chief executive officer ...

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