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Puerto Rico is being rebuilt with the aid of solar companies

San Juan - The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is still devastated and is struggling with basic needs, including a widespread lack of electricity. It has been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, and people are still hurting.

Two energy companies investigated for contracts with Puerto Rico

Montana's Whitefish Energy is due to leave Puerto Rico on November 30, after their contract with the island's power company was terminated two weeks ago. But there is more dirty laundry being pulled out for scrutiny and it concerns money, as usual.

Puerto Rico scraps $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy

San Juan - A lucrative contract between Whitefish Energy Holdings and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to restore power to the island has been scrapped after the deal came under scrutiny by FEMA, Congress, and the White House.

Tesla finishes first of many solar projects in Puerto Rico

San Juan - Tesla's Elon Musk promised to help restore electrical power in Puerto Rico. And on Tuesday, Tesla switched on a combination of its solar panels and Powerpack energy storage batteries for Hospital del Niño, a children's hospital in San Juan.

Tesla and Puerto Rico lay out plans for long-term energy solution

San Juan - Puerto Rico is looking to rebuild its electric grid long-term and is considering Tesla's suggestion about scaling its microgrid technology using batteries and solar power, thereby transforming the island's energy infrastructure.

Alphabet’s Project Loon officially launched in Puerto Rico

AT&T and Alphabet announced late Friday that they have begun to offer limited mobile Internet service using the Google parent company's "Project Loon" balloons.

Puerto Rico Governor looks forward to Tesla solar technology

San Juan - Puerto Rico's Governor, Ricardo Rosselló said on Saturday he and Elon Musk held a 25-minute telephone conversation on Friday night. They discussed relief efforts as well as Tesla playing a leading role in revamping the power grid using Tesla technology.

Elon Musk wants to fix Puerto Rico's power grid with solar

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk wants to solve Puerto Rico's energy crisis, not in the short-term, but for the long-haul. Musk says he plans to talk with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and the governor has responded positively.

Entrepreneurs and volunteers step up to get solar to Puerto Rico

San Juan - On September 20, powerful Category 4 Hurricane Maria made a direct landfall on the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico. Two weeks later, 90 percent of the island is without power and few have clean drinking water. But the world is responding with help.

German company to build microgrids in Puerto Rico

Sonnen, a German provider of energy-storage systems, is planning to install microgrids to provide electricity for at least 15 emergency relief centers in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Shipments have already started.

Solar Industry steps in to aid Puerto Rico after grid went down

Puerto Rico's power grid is destroyed, leaving the situation dire for the island's 3.5 million people. However, it's been learned that the solar industry has been quietly responding to the needs of the people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Op-Ed: White House response to Puerto Rico crisis is downright shameful

San Juan - San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said on Friday night, "We're dying here. We truly are dying here." President Trump was quick to respond, Tweeting some leaders in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort."

Op-Ed: White House response to Puerto Rico crisis is downright shameful

San Juan - San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said on Friday night, "We're dying here. We truly are dying here." President Trump was quick to respond, Tweeting some leaders in Puerto Rico "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort."

The answer to rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid? — Renewables

San Juan - Not only is Puerto Rico in the midst of a humanitarian disaster, but with the Island's electrical grid basically destroyed by Hurricane Maria, now is the time to rebuild a new grid using renewable energy sources.

Puerto Rico to take brunt of worst hurricane since 1928

San Juan - The window of time for getting to a government shelter is closing fast as Hurricane Maria, a powerful and deadly Category 5 storm bears down on Puerto Rico. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said conditions for the U.S. territory were deteriorating rapidly.

Irma to pass just North of Puerto Rico on its way to Florida

Hurricane Irma smashed small northern Caribbean islands Wednesday morning as one of the strongest storms recorded in the Atlantic, as its path moves it closer to the British Virgin Islands and northern Puerto Rico later today.

Extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma moves toward Caribbean Islands

"Hurricane Irma has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane," the National Hurricane Center says, citing the latest data from NOAA and Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft.

U.S. agents seize thousands of fake condoms in Puerto Rico

San Juan - U.S. federal agents in Puerto Rico seized 40,000 counterfeit condoms. The fake condoms were seized in San Juan, according to officials.

Plastic bags banned in one of world's most populous regions

India's National Capital Region is home to 54 million people, and the use of plastic bags and cups has been outlawed since the first day of January. They join a select club that also includes Puerto Rico and the state of California.

Bill to rescue Puerto Rico from debt crisis passes in U.S. Senate

Washington - Puerto Rico owes a whopping $70 billion dollars. On Friday, July 1, about $2 billion in principal and interest payments are due to be paid.

Puerto Rico reporting 1,100 Zika cases as debt crisis worsens

San Juan - Puerto Rico has recorded over 1,100 confirmed Zika virus cases since the mosquito-borne virus first appeared in the U.S. territory six months ago.

Zika fears prompt U.S. swimming team to change training camp

While there are no plans to miss the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, the U.S. swimming team is taking the threat posed by the Zika virus seriously. They have decided to move their training camp from Puerto Rico.

Zika virus update: Puerto Rico declares state of emergency

Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed an executive order Friday declaring a public health emergency in Puerto Rico due to the Zika virus. At least 22 people in the U.S. territory have been reported to be infected with the mosquito-borne virus.

'Strongest evidence yet' of birth defect linked to Zika virus

Studies on the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been ongoing in Brazil and in the U.S. since an upsurge in the number of babies born in Brazil with microcephaly in 2015. The CDC may have found the answer.

Virus linked to newborn brain shrinkage rampages beyond Brazil

Until this year, Brazil had few cases of microcephaly, a debilitating and ultimately deadly disorder in which newborns are born with abnormally small brains. Then the country recorded almost 3,000 cases after reporting less than 200 cases in 2014.

Op-Ed: Puerto Rico to begin 2016 by defaulting on debt

San Juan - Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Padilla said the island will not make a $35.9 million payment to its Infrastructure Finance Authority nor another $1.4 million payment to its Public Finance Corp.

Op-Ed: Cyber Monday sales figures, the Paris climate talks and more

The world recently passed a turning point and is adding more capacity for clean energy each year than for coal, natural gas, and oil combined.

Tropical storm Erika on track to hit Florida as a hurricane

In its latest update, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting that tropical storm Erika is expected to hit southern Florida late Sunday night or Monday morning as a category 1 hurricane.

Caribbean countries hope for rain as Danny continues to weaken

Hurricane Danny has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it tracks northwest toward the Leeward Islands. It is moving at 15 mph with sustained winds of 50 mph. As of 2 p.m. today, Danny is 250 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

Puerto Rico defaults, bankruptcy not an option

Puerto Rico, an American territory, has now claimed that it will not be able to make a $58 million dollar bond payment due today, shedding further doubts on the territory's financial situation.
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