Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Tesla starts energy storage at hospital to help Puerto Rico

Tesla In Talks To Install Solar Grid In Puerto Rico, Could Privatize Power Industry Tesla just unveiled its first battery project in Puerto Rico that will restore power to a children's hospital
Frederick Owens | 26 October, 2017, 11:28

Ricardo Rosselló and Musk had discussed partnering on projects on October 6, and in less than three weeks the California-based company had Hospital del Niño running on consistent and self-sufficient power.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted on Twitter that Tesla's solar team could indeed outfit Puerto Rico with power facilities that could be used to generate and store power reserves when the existing grid isn't available, as it has been after the USA territory faced the devastation of hurricane Maria. Musk has also donated $250,000 to relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Tesla's first microgrid project in the U.S. territory will be at Hospital del Niño, the company announced on Tuesday on Twitter. With Tesla's combination of solar cells and Powerpack commercial energy storage batteries, the system will "generate enough solar energy to power the hospital during the day & store up to 500 kWh of energy as a backup", Tweeted CBS News correspondent, David Begnaud. Earlier this month, Musk extended an offer to help Puerto Rico and pledged to contribute to rebuilding their power grid that was taken out by Hurricane Maria.

The hospital is a permanent home to 35 children with special needs and serves over 3,000 children across the country, according to El Nuevo Dia.

In response, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello responded to Musk, saying "let's talk". However, the energy transmission will be handled by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

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As to the rest of Puerto Rico's power problems and as reported by CNN, a small Montana firm won a $300 million contract to fix the devastated power grid, leading to some controversy.

Rosselló has said the goal is to get 95 percent of Puerto Rico's power back online by Christmas.

Following the storm, Tesla began sending hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems to the island.

The "LTE balloons" have allowed numerous island's inhabitants to access text messaging and basic web browsing at a time when approximately 80 per cent of the phone towers are still down in the region.

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