Solar panels rescues Puerto Rico nursery after hurricane

An ornamental plant farm in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico that was wrecked by Hurricane Maria is slowly rebuilding thanks to solar panels that power the 40-acre nursery. Cali Nurseries grower Hector Santiago told Reuters that his $300,000 investment on 244 solar panels six years ago has allowed him to continue working.

Meanwhile, only 5.4 percent of citizens on the U.S. territory have electricity after the Category 4 storm destroyed the island’s electricity grid, the Department of Defense said Wednesday. “Everybody told me I was crazy because it was so expensive. Now I have power and they don’t,” Santiago explained.

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