How solar projects can transform low-income communities

By Sarah Kennedy ~ Yale Climate Connections In North Philadelphia, one organization is bringing the transformative power of solar energy to low-income neighborhoods. This past spring, Serenity Soular helped raise more than $37,000 from more than 300 donors to finance a solar installation at a community arts center. The group has also completed projects at a Baptist church and a community outreach center. Frank Ortiz of Serenity Soular says that…

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As Electricity Returns to Puerto Rico, Its People Want More Power

By Larry Greenemeier, Louis Dzierzak ~ Scientific American The island has long-term plans to make its main public electrical grid smarter as residents turn to solar power and microgrids for faster relief A nine-month, $3.8-billion effort to end the longest blackout in U.S. history has restored power to much of Puerto Rico. Unfortunately though, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season is underway and the still-fragile electrical grid is unlikely to fare…

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