As promised Tesla turned the power back on at San Juan’s Hospital del Niño (Children’s Hospital) as Elon Musk calls”the first of many solar+battery Tesla projects going live in Puerto Rico.” The power had been knocked out by two powerful hurricanes back in September. And they did it fast considering that Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted on Oct. 6, “Great initial conversation with @elonmusk tonight. Teams are now talking; exploring opportunities.” The use of solar panels and batteries dramatically underscores the way in which traditional girds can be bypassed altogether saving tons of time and money. It has true significance for improvised & isolated countries that have been unable or unwilling to build power infrastructures.
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. And now we’re happy to report that Tesla is making good on it’s promise to rebuild the power grid and that they have begun with a hospital. On Tuesday, Tesla announced via Twitter that Hospital del Nino in Puerto Rico is “first of many” solar and storage projects going live and they tweeted out images. They show solar panels and several Tesla Powerpack units being installed which will allow the hospital to generate and store energy.
The majority of the island is still without power weeks later. 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 why Elon Musk and Tesla’s help is so important.
Musk was originally 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