After the catastrophic events caused by hurricane “Maria” in September 2017, many Puerto Ricans work hard to return to a normal life. It’s not easy. Food and water are gradually becoming more available, but more than fifty percent of the population lacking electricity.
Platform of solar energy on the basis of Ethereum for the power supply of the affected Puerto Rico
Despite the extensive damage to critical infrastructure, the local project on the use of solar energy is aimed at providing people with electricity. The project’s Creator is confident that the blockchain is the perfect tool for the return of Puerto Ricans to normal.
Decentralised energy provides more opportunities
Enrique Martinez was hard to watch the news about the devastation in his local community. Engineer the aerospace industry knew how helpless were his fellow citizens without electricity. And he decided to do something.
Then came to him the thought: how would the world look like in which citizens are forced to obtain electricity from only one provider? What if they had other options, such as solar panels? Does that help to convince thousands of local residents who intend to leave their homes, return to their previously busy community?
The decision was somewhat difficult. Local laws prohibit citizens of Puerto Rico to obtain electricity from any other suppliers besides the local government. But due to the forced displacement of thousands of residents due to hurricane Maria, the government decided to do everything necessary to help the people to regain the power supply.
Then the idea of Martinez on the creation of the electricity market based on blockchain received support.
The connection to the microsphere
After the official presentation at Tech Retreat earlier this year in Jamaica, Martinez revealed the vision Web Capitalists to help connect Puerto Rico. He also expressed the opinion that the blockchain can be an ideal basis for the platform. This caused interest.
The project is based on three stages. The first is the process of crowdfunding, in which one community with resources provides funding for solar panels for immigrants to Puerto Rico throughout the territory. These houses will be connected through microsite, which not only harnesses the sun’s energy, but also establishes such a connection, which will provide backup power to local hospitals and treatment centers in case of transfer of government or other natural disaster.
The third stage involves the full integration of the blockchain and extensive solar power station that can work as mains for the entire community.
Martinez assigns to the project even hopes. He is convinced that by connecting the panels to the Ethereum Protocol, it can create a decentralized market like existing platforms, as Power Ledger in Australia.
In his perfect world, users will be able to buy and sell energy on a decentralized market which not only help to provide power supply in case of great need, but will also provide additional income for the local population that tries to get on his feet.
Provision of individual incentives and backup power
In an interview, Martinez explained how it will look success:
“For us, success means that each house can produce its own energy… Every house is interested to save energy. If everyone will get the ability to connect through microsite, it will give stimulus to every home and income opportunity, and also provide backup power if it cannot provide the government”.
The first phase of the project is scheduled for early 2018 with funding of $ 5-10 million dollars. The first priority task – the purchase and installation of the infrastructure of the solar panels. It will be led by Web Capitalists, together with the New Energy PR.
To date, the official announcement of the team, published earlier this year, received a significant response. Now, Martinez plans to expand to other tropical areas where people displaced by natural disasters.
This is another example of providing the benefits of blockchain technology where it is needed, and how local businesses use the growing protocols to support such decisions.