After Hurricane Maria, millions of Puerto Ricans are living without electricity. Two weeks later, only 9% of residents have power.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, believes he can rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid using the company’s solar power unit as a long-term solution.
On Thursday, Musk tweeted,
The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too. Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 5, 2017
It wasn’t long till Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló responded to Musk tweeting:
— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) October 6, 2017
If Puerto Rico uses a Tesla-powered system, it would be a complete reversal for their energy grid. At the moment, the island burns oil to produce electricity and their monthly electric bill has been sky high.
Tesla has already built a similar battery and solar powered projects for the Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative in Hawaii and in American Samoa.
Even though the two projects were for a smaller population than Puerto Rico, Musk is confident that Tesla can build one that would work for Puerto Rico.
According to Puerto Rico’s state-owned electric company, some households would be without power for four to six months.
To help provide immediate power, Telsa has sent hundreds of Powerwall batteries that are paired with solar panels to collect and store solar energy.
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