Elon Musk offers to have Tesla rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid (Details)

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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,

It wasn’t long till Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló responded to Musk tweeting:

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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