In no way should private charity ever be expected to replace large-scale government assistance — at which the Trump administration is unconscionably, “unimaginably” failing.
But there’s been talk that Puerto Rico should rebuild its electrical grid with renewables and a climate-resiliency. Tesla’s Elon Musk and others have indicated interest.
But for right now, climatologist Katherine Hayhoe recommends donating to ResilientPR, a program of the Coastal Marine Resource Center that is putting solar panels on the ground in Puerto Rico right now:
Solar energy is an immediate-term relief measure, powering up the critical systems that the people of Puerto Rico need to rebuild their homes, businesses and lives, without relying on government resources to repair the power grid or alleviate the fuel shortage. Investing in solar energy now prepares the islands for the next disturbance; when power from the sun will be still readily available even if traditional energy sources fail anew. And solar energy provides clean, free power everyday, helping citizens and businesses protect their bottom line while protecting the planet.