Hurricane Maria proved that Puerto Rico is the ideal place for 100% distributed renewable energy. The storm virtually wiped out the entire energy grid on the island, most of which was constructed 60 years ago or more. For decades, the island has depended on diesel generators for its electricity. The generating stations were almost all located in the south part of the island and the electricity was transported via antique transmission lines to the north side of the island.
All that most people know about Puerto Rico is Old San Juan and the nearby beaches, but the interior of the island is extremely rugged terrain where access to downed transmission lines is difficult under the best of circumstances. Maria toppled many of the pylons and towers that supported the transmission lines, leading to months of delay in restoring power until they could be rebuilt.