Elon Musk says that, if given the green light, he can power Puerto Rico
07 October, 2017, 00:17
Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20 as a very unsafe Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 155 miles per hour (249 km per hour), cutting off power to all 3.4 million residents on the island.
Musk said that a decision to overhaul the territory's power grid would be up to the people of Puerto Rico.
Rebuilding Puerto Rico's electrical grid in the same way would, however, be a project on an entirely different level, no matter what Musk says about Tesla's scalability limit. "Tesla also built a massive solar farm on the Hawaiian island of Kauai that can account for 20% of the island's peak electricity load".
Following Musk's comments, Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello replied, "Let's talk".
Coming up with a calculation for how big an installation Puerto Rico would need to cover its energy needs isn't just a matter of back-of-the-envelope math.
Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) boss Elon Musk is "full of crap" when it comes to self-driving cars, at least that's according to a key executive at a rival automaker. While the latter island is run off 55,000 solar panels to generate 13 megawatts of energy for its 70,000 inhabitants, the system for Puerto Rico would have to be much larger.
The advantages of Tesla's Powerwall solution are that it can use stored solar energy during a power outage and could potentially reduce time-of-use rates by storing energy at night when rates are low. Puerto Rico has 3.4 million residents. "PR could be that flagship project", Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is a huge problem Not only is the island's electrical grid decimated, but the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is in a fiscal mess. When completed in December 2017 it is said it will be capable of powering up to 30,000 homes - if Musk fails on the challenge it will cost potentially the company over $50m.
Musk and Rossello would likely not be having this conversation if people had not shared their thoughts about the situation in Puerto Rico on Twitter.
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