Research shows that every $1 invested in restoring degraded land generates an estimated $7–$30 in economic benefits

Be Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Caroline Gagné and Andrés Anchondo Ortega – December 19, 2017 WRI   Costa Rica is a restoration success story. Photo by Aaron Minnick/WRI Trees are obviously good for the planet. What’s not so clear to most people—governments, NGOs, investors, the public—are their socioeconomic benefits. Trees are essential for the economy, our health and our wellbeing. , including improved food production, carbon sequestration, and …

Puerto Rico wants to upgrade its infrastructure, waits for the lights to come back on

Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid? Puerto Rico’s history of intervention and mismanagement created a financially disastrous backdrop for Hurricane Maria. By John Farrell, 6 Nov 2017, GTM Puerto Rico Capitol Building in downtown San Juan. On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of …

Needing to price resilience

Excerpt from Too often electric resilience — the ability to withstand or bounce back from an outage — is an intangible in the minds of energy users, he said. They don’t consider the cost of downtime, even though power outages create clear financial losses that can be quantified – and that microgrids can avert. For example, a supermarket may lose hundreds …

A fire department in Puerto Rico is now powered by solar: ‘It’s a matter of life and death’

By Tucker Higgins 13 Oct 2017 CNBC.com @tuckerhiggins  An American solar company installs solar-powered microgrids at a San Juan fire station that had been relying on a diesel generator. The 4 kilowatt solar array with battery storage will provide electricity to the communications system, which has been down since Hurricane Maria struck the island. Only 17 percent of residents on the island …

Online platform, Project Navigator, provides the tools and guidance to assist in developing renewable mini-grid projects, with best practices to assist project developers in preparing, developing, and operating bankable projects

New addition to IRENA’s Project Navigator has the best practices for developing mini-grid projects in Small Island Developing States Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can transform their power sectors towards renewable energy, addressing the challenges of affordable energy and climate change. In this context, renewable mini-grid solutions, composed of electricity generators and storage systems interconnected to a distribution network which …

Distributed energy resources (DERs) have greater reliability and resilience at lower costs

The Importance of Distribution-Scale Solar for Grid Resilience September 22, 2017  |  By Titiaan Palazzi and Laurie Guevara-Stone with RMI.org When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma blew through the southern United States, they left millions without power. During such natural disasters, access to electricity is more critical than ever, allowing hospitals to run medical equipment, letting people charge phones and computers to communicate with the outside world, …

Coal Will Not Bring Appalachia Back to Life, But Tech and Government Jobs Could

By  The Climate Reality Project, Oct. 04, 2017, Ecowatch It was supposed to be all about jobs. When the president announced his intent to abandon the Clean Power Plan this spring and then withdraw from the Paris agreement this summer, one of the biggest reasons cited was to protect the coal jobs sustaining communities in places like Appalachia. There’s just one problem. Whatever the White House says, …

Hurricanes Clear The Way For Tesla To Power Puerto Rico & The Caribbean

October 2nd, 2017 by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica Natural disasters create destruction and pain, but also open doors to opportunity. The tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan changed that country’s mind about relying on nuclear energy to create electricity. The devastation visited upon Puerto Rico and several other islands in the Caribbean this year has left their electrical …