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Microgrids Up and Running Despite Earthquake and Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

"With a large swath of Puerto Rico in the dark as a result of this week’s earthquake, there is some good news from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Microgrids in 10 schools are up and running.

The solar plus storage microgrids were recently installed by RMI, Save the Children and Kinesis Foundation. Built in remote regions, the microgrids offer sufficient battery and solar capacity to back up school libraries, administrative offices, kitchens, and critical water pumps indefinitely in the event of an outage.

“The grid is down but the systems are working,” said Roy Torbert, principal at RMI Islands Energy Program."

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