Storm-ravaged Bahamas rebuilding power grid with emphasis on solar energy

Solar array on Ragged Island (Photo via CBS News)
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A tiny country in “Hurricane Alley” is trying to be an example to the world after Category 5 storms demolished parts of its electrical grid. Bill Whitaker reports on the Bahamas’ adoption of solar energy.

(CBS News, 1 March 2020) Exactly six months ago this evening, Hurricane Dorian slammed into the northern Bahamas. It was the fifth Category 5 Atlantic hurricane in just the last three years. Before that, there hadn’t been a single “Cat-5” storm in nearly a decade.

There’s a growing consensus among scientists that climate change is what’s making hurricanes stronger and more destructive. That’s very bad news for the Bahamas, a string of more than 700 low-lying islands stretching from Florida nearly down to Cuba, in the heart of what’s come to be known as “Hurricane Alley.”

But the Bahamas has found a ray of hope – specifically, a solar array – that can help its islands survive future hurricanes. And in the process, it may have important lessons the rest of the world should learn, as Mother Nature continues to brew devastating storms like Dorian.

Read more at: CBS News

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