On Thursday, April 11, 2019, Puerto Rico signed into law the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act. This act will begin the process of Puerto Rico moving to 100% clean energy by the year 2050. The act will transform their economy, and renewable energy will be an integral part of the shift. The long-term impact on the island’s culture will reach far beyond energy solutions.
Puerto Rico joins a list of U.S. States and businesses that are setting aggressive goals related to clean energy. There is a growing movement toward clean energy my many public and private entities. This will result in a progressively increasing impact on the solar industry, as well as other green industries.
The bill will improve the quality of life of the citizens of Puerto Rico. It will also make the vulnerable island substantially more resistant to the threat of hurricanes, and the damage they can inflict. This alone has garnered much interest in the bill, as Puerto Rico has suffered terribly from the most recent hurricane.
Many of the goals connected to the bill will directly effect home solar solutions. So many of the homes on the beautiful island will be efficient and durable, setting a powerful example for many.
The legislation and the push is the result of Puerto Rican leaders’ commitment to protecting the island against future catastrophe. The island was without power for months after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island with category 5 winds.