Tesla CEO Elon Musk pledged to ship tons of of energy-storing batteries to Puerto Rico to assist the island recuperate from the devastating hurricane that took the entire island’s three.four million residents offline. Though no numbers have been introduced but—it is unclear precisely what number of batteries Tesla will ship, how a lot they are going to price the nation, or when they are going to be delivered—a tweet from Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello late Friday night time mentioned group from the Puerto Rican authorities was in talks with a group from Tesla to make the undertaking occur.
Nice preliminary dialog with @elonmusk tonight. Groups are actually speaking; exploring alternatives. Subsequent steps quickly to observe.
— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) October 7, 2017
Tesla introduced final weekend 100MW/129MWh South Australian Powerpack battery set up was midway full. That undertaking grew out of a Twitter guess between Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and Musk—the Tesla CEO promised that his firm may set up a battery system in 100 days to assist South Australia within the wake of widespread blackouts the summer time earlier than. If Tesla missed the 100-day deadline, the system can be freed from cost.
Tesla has additionally constructed solar-and-battery methods for Ta’u and for Kauai. “The Tesla group has [built solar grids] for a lot of smaller islands world wide, however there isn’t any scalability restrict, so it may be performed for Puerto Rico too,” Musk mentioned in a tweet. He famous that transferring ahead can be within the fingers of the Puerto Rico authorities, business stakeholders, and the individuals of Puerto Rico.
The CEO added on Friday night time that support to Puerto Rico, in addition to current low Mannequin three manufacturing numbers, would additionally have an effect on semi announcement plans. “Tesla Semi unveil now Nov 16. Diverting sources to repair Mannequin three bottlenecks & improve battery manufacturing for Puerto Rico & different affected areas.” The CEO additionally mentioned that Tesla was sending employees to coach battery installers.
One other, lesser-known vendor of residence battery methods—German microgrid firm Sonnen—introduced final week that it was delivery Sonnen residence batteries to Puerto Rico to assist arrange extra microgrids within the space.
In a press assertion, Sonnen mentioned it was already sending batteries to the island from its manufacturing middle in Atlanta, Georgia. The corporate is partnering with native renewable vitality firm Pura Energia to put in the methods. “With over 21,000 precise working installations worldwide, Sonnen’s vitality storage system is uniquely geared up to assist present reduction in Puerto Rico, with no delay,” the press assertion mentioned. “In actual fact, since early 2016, Sonnen has had useful vitality storage methods put in in Puerto Rico.”
Sonnen mentioned Pura Energia would goal emergency reduction websites first, providing sponsored photo voltaic and battery methods to “emergency medical clinics” that want fridges to retailer medication, after which transfer on to connecting different emergency shelters. “Sonnen administration can be considering partnering with a clear water filtration firm” to enrich the installations at these emergency medical clinics and shelters, the corporate mentioned.
As of late final week, Puerto Rico’s Electrical Energy Authority had solely restored energy to 9 p.c of the island’s prospects.