Can DIY Solar Panels Solve Puerto Rico’s Power Crisis?

This week marks five months since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, plunging the island into the worst blackout in American history. Chris recently went to the U.S. territory to meet a man who has made it his mission to bring power back to his people via DIY solar tech — all with the help of a YouTube creator.

Donations for Power 2 Puerto Rico:

Amazon wish list for solar materials:

Jehu Garcia

Sources & Further Reading:

Puerto Rico governor announces privatization of power utility

Could A DIY Gizmo Light Up Puerto Rico?

The story of Puerto Rico’s power grid is the story of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Goes Dark

Explosion cuts power in Puerto Rico

Producer: Chris James
Editor: Will Colby
Director of Photography: Michael Crommett
Drone footage courtesy: Jehu Garcia

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  • Javier has installed solar generators in over 40 homes thanks to viewer donations, and he’s continuing his mission to help every day. Thanks for watching and please consider visiting Puerto Rico- it’s truly an incredible place!

  • so many appliances are thrown away every day that can generate electricity, such as washing machines, food processors, fans, microwaves. in fact ANY electrical item that has a moving part has a motor that generate energy, oh yeh electric lawmowers!!!! these motors can be used to make wind or Hydro energy generators

  • Solar panel for home light at noon, but for night ? DIY $15 K Tesla battery pack can really solve Crisis.

  • People in Puerto Rico need to get educated on solar power! My family still think it’s extremely expensive so they rather spend money on a generator n gasoline that’s more expensive!

  • God bless you both!! I’m so glad that there are great hearted people in this world!

  • With Avasva plans doing something like that was easy.

  • Instructions from the Avasva site are perfect for beginners.

  • Just look and learn much more about it from Avasva website.

  • wow this is a bleasing for so many people keeping helping GOD bless you guys.

  • I don't know, but BEME kinda sucks. What's the point of it. Seems like a a waste of time.

  • Thanks to all doing the important work! (:-) Alas, so very ashamed of the pathetic federal government response. (:-( #MoronpResident paper towel incident was reprehensible, as was Whitefish corruption and food delivery contract debacles, then followed by disaster capitalist/privatization/profiteer invasion. (:-( May the force be with you. Peace.

  • Perhaps Beme News can do a follow up story about why Puerto Rico's electrical power grid restoration has not been completed. After working over forty years in the power industry, I was amazed to see Whitefish Power removed from their repair efforts and replaced by, well basically nothing. The shots I saw on the news showed crews repairing the high voltage transmission lines to get the system backbone, so to speak, up and working before moving on to the distribution lines. Then amid what looked like a politically based outcry about Whitefish Power's contract and small company size grew into a media feeding frenzy which ultimately halted what looked to be competent and growing repair activity. For reasons I know nothing about, Puerto Rico's power company/agency was suffering from financial difficulties and was not part of a mutual aid agreement with other utilities as is normally the case. These agreements provide quick, competent assistance when emergencies strike and are essential to fast power restoration. Absent these agreements, Puerto Rico was lucky to have any electrical contracting company take the risk of quickly moving in and beginning repairs without the normal financial guarantees. Then, while Whitefish was on site and bringing in more resources, the political and media storm took away what looks now to be Puerto Rico's one chance of timely power restoration. Beme News' fresh and honest reporting would be the perfect platform for a comprehensive look at what happened then and what has happened since with Puerto Rico's power system restoration.

  • How can I get in touch w Javier?

  • If you're like most people I bet you’ve heard the cost of your power bills are going up and there's really nothing you can do about it…
    Or you've heard making your own power at home is hard or expensive…
    Link for solution:
    Both of these lies couldn't be further from the truth because producing your own power at home is easy and dirt cheap!
    You just need proper step-by-step instructions…

  • Hello how can we support these guys?

  • They need to kick out the Americans and become independent nation. AS they clearly not helping maybe they will be much better off on there own. Tea party?? (I mean in the Boston sense not that crazy libertarian party)

  • Where can I donate money to this man? I want to see my hard earned money put to good use. Reply with an email address, I'd like to get in contact.

  • Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M, get the money, dollar dollar bills ya'll.

  • We need 20 Javier’s to train 200 to put rooftop solar in these unpowered villages. I volunteer with grid alternatives , we do this training in the poorest of neighborhoods in LA . We have warehouses of unused solar panels siting in port of Long Beach, we just need a ship to take them to Puerto Rico.

  • these guys are amazing!

  • Dude this reminds me of how VICE does all this obnoxious acting and exposition. Just film the people actually doing the thing. I don't need a dialogue about how they're going to install a power generator. I want to see them install the gd power generator!!11
    In all seriousness, I love you guys.

  • You guys do such a good job telling other people's stories.

  • I hate that Congress refuses the make PR a state. It would be a small investment at first, but the return would be well worth it. It's really sad that a part of the USA is basically a 3rd world country.

  • you have a really weird face

  • This report blew me away. Beme, you continue to amaze. Please keep up the good work. I hope that CNN recognizes the outstanding work that you do.

  • This was excellent, first beme video that i could manage to sit through. Why are all the others so awful? an excellent example of story telling.

  • its a start! I could not imagine what hardships the people of Puerto Rico are going through. How they let their goverment over the years put them into total financial ruin through corruption and greed. Its my understanding that a lot of people incharge of major government agencies were not capable of running these agencies that provide the basic needs such as water, power and other utilities that are taken for granted in the United States. Hats of to those giving some temporary relief to those who need it.

  • Feels like people forget that Puerto Rico is part of the US and it’s our responsibility to take care of them. Yet we haven’t. It’s embarrassing.

  • So…I’ve been blaming the wrong people for Puerto Rico’s sluggish restoration.

  • Great video! Keep Beme alive!👍🏼

  • “American history” lol

  • I hope you guys keep making videos because I love them. I enjoy the personal perspective that you bring. It feels very fresh and honest.

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