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Congratulations and well done. Is it possible to build wind turbines that are hurricane proof? Do they cost a lot more to build? Could all of Carribean Islands' electricity needs be met by a combination of wind and solar and perhaps some tidal/wave energy? Is there currently a super-grid linking islands together to mitigate supply/demand imbalances?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2017 at 04:30:59 PM EST
Probably possible to build hurricane-proof wind turbines and some of that is  already built-in I'm sure to the wind installations in hurricane country.  Wind, according to what I've read, saw more damage than solar, whose panels are usually rated to 150 mph windspeeds.   The estimate of solar damage on Puerto Rico I've read is about 15% of installed solar capacity.

There are already efforts underway to make at least 10 of the Caribbean islands majority renewably powered and I suspect recent events will speed that transition.  Hawaii is planning on 70% renewables by 2030 and that may be one of the models the Caribbean countries will use.

Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC) (http://www.carilec.org)  may have some ideas about a super-grid but you have to ask them.

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by gmoke on Thu Nov 2nd, 2017 at 09:11:57 PM EST
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