The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active in history.1 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought widespread destruction throughout the Caribbean.
In addition to the emotional toll these severe storms had on people in the region, the disruption of critical infrastructure left many communities without such basic services as electricity for prolonged periods of time.
Over the past decades, electricity in the Caribbean has been primarily generated centrally by fuel oil or diesel-fired engines and distributed across the island by overhead lines. However, in recent years, electricity has been supplemented in homes, businesses, industries, government facilities, and utilities by solar photovoltaics (PV). In fact, over half of Caribbean electric utilities already own or operate solar PV as part of their generation mix. Over 225 MW of solar is installed across rooftops, parking canopies, and large tracts of land. Solar PV is the most rapidly growing source of power for many Caribbean islands.2
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