Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico grid, Musk says

Gladys Abbott
October 7, 2017

Many companies, including Tesla, are sending self-contained power systems to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. "That's why Tesla is now shipping Powerwalls, Tesla's home battery pack, in Puerto Rico since homeowners with existing rooftop solar installations that are still in place can connect to the battery packs instead of the grid and power their homes".

"Such a decision would be in the hands of the [Puerto Rico] government, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of Puerto Rico". After the hurricane left the island's grid in shambles, Tesla reportedly sent hundreds of Powerwalls - battery systems created to store energy - along with employees to install them in an effort to restore power.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello responded early Friday saying: "Let's talk today; I will be in touch". However, news site Electrek found third-party installers charging as much as $12,000 for the system and installation in Puerto Rico.

Musk's landmark company has already been sending hundreds of Powerwalls, with Tesla employees helping with the installation of the battery packs and the fix of solar panels. He added Thursday on Twitter that the company could scale up its power-storage technology for an island the size of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico's electricity system was facing a lot of problems even before the hurricane hit the island. Some in Puerto Rico may be in the dark for months as the grid is repaired.

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Miller said Musk's claims that current Teslas will one day be able to drive themselves without a human behind the wheel are irresponsible. So, Musk is offering to help rebuild the US territory's entire power grid.

Tesla has already implemented systemwide solar and battery projects on islands like Kauai in Hawaii and another American Samoa.

Last November, Tesla acquired energy firm SolarCity for $2.6 billion.

Tesla has already sent a number of its battery packs to Puerto Rico to help the island store energy in an effort to offset the shortage.

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