The power grid in Puerto Rico took a big hit with Hurricane Maria. The devastating storm left effects on the electricity grid that can be spotted from space—and the interruption in power has made it difficult to coordinate help for those who need it.
Now, weeks later, the majority of the island is still without power. Rebuilding the grid is a massive undertaking, and it’s been unclear how the Puerto Rican government will get the resources to do so. That’s where Elon Musk comes in.
Musk was first called upon by Scott Stapf, a Twitter user who shared an article suggesting that Puerto Rico rethink its system for electricity. He then asked Musk if he could help the island with an independent solar and battery system.
Elon Musk responded, writing: “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.”
That’s when the Governor of Puerto Rico responded with “Let’s talk,” suggesting that Puerto Rico “could be that flagship project.”
“I would be happy to talk. Hopefully, Tesla can be helpful,” Musk responded.
The two made plans to connect later in the day, but the results of that conversation remain to be seen.
Source: iflscience, wired