Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was in Puerto Rico Friday to meet with local residents and get a firsthand look at several areas still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.
Nelson's office reported that the visit was Nelson’s fifth to the island, and third since the storm.
According to a schedule provided by the Senator's office, Nelson started the day by meeting with Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Housing Fernando Gil Enseñat in Carolina to get a firsthand look at a recently completed, federally-funded housing project.
Nelson has been an outspoken proponent of providing Puerto Rico additional funding to help the island recover from the hurricane.
After seeing the type of work being done to provide additional housing for residents on the island, Nelson headed to Las Piedras, one of Puerto Rico’s most underdeveloped areas where up to 30 percent of the town still does not have electricity after the storm.
Before leaving Las Piedras, Nelson got a firsthand look at one of Tesla’s solar energy projects in Barrio Montones.
The pilot project, which began in March of this year, provides electricity to 12 homes on top of a mountain that would not otherwise have electricity following the storm.
Nelson’s visit to see the solar project comes just days before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is set to hold, at Nelson’s request, an oversight hearing on the island’s ongoing power troubles in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
The hearing will be held on May 8.