Elon Musk: We’re Willing to Rebuild Puerto Rico Grid with Solar, Batteries

October 6, 2017


CNN Money:

Elon Musk is offering to solve Puerto Rico’s energy crisis — for the long haul.

Millions of Puerto Ricans are living in the dark at home after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island, knocking out its already fragile electric grid. Two weeks later, only 9% of residents have electricity, according to Puerto Rican government figures.

Musk, the CEO of electric-car maker Tesla (TSLA), suggested his company’s solar power unitcould be a long-term solution.

“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,” Musk tweeted Thursday morning, adding that the decision is up to Puerto Rican government officials.

They didn’t take long to respond.

A Tesla-powered system would be a complete reversal for Puerto Rico’s energy grid. Right now, the island imports and burns oil to generate electricity.

Under that antiquated system, ordinary Puerto Ricans have been paying exorbitantly high electric bills for years. Several told CNNMoney this week that a monthly electric bill can easily go for $250.

Tesla has built solar energy grids for islands before, such as Kauai in Hawaii. However, that island’s population is about 70,000 people. Puerto Rico has 3.4 million residents.

Musk has previously stepped into other energy crises around the world. In July, he promised to deliver the world’s largest lithium ion battery to help communities in South Australia that have been suffered from power shortages.



5 Responses to “Elon Musk: We’re Willing to Rebuild Puerto Rico Grid with Solar, Batteries”

  1. Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
    Puerto Rica currently imports and burns oil to generate electricity – an extremely expensive and inefficient system costing many residents $250 or more per month.

  2. wpNSAlito Says:

    Musk&Co don’t need to build out the whole system, they just have to start with some anchor projects to train local workers to do the rest.

    • The US Solar industry body I beleive has already pitched in and is working with FEMA and authorities to identify best locations for installation of micro grids, so Not Elon alone, maybe a team effort.
      Maybe some wind companies could step up and lets have a robust multifaceted renewable electricity supply for over 3 Million people and business, infrastructure and Industry.
      Lead by example

  3. redskylite Says:

    Indeed in the catastrophic aftermath there is an opportunity to catapult into the 21st century and there already company’s up to the challenge.

    “It is our duty to stand firmly with the people of Puerto Rico and do everything possible to help start the rebuilding process,” said Sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann. “There is a clear connection between our mission to support humanity during a climate disaster and our mission to fight climate change.”


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