Tesla, the electric vehicle pioneer, is quietly peppering new energy solutions across power-outage ravaged Puerto Rico.
A children’s hospital has received Tesla solar power generation linked to energy storage equipment to give it new electric resilience when future hurricanes and weather ravages strike.
Now the company has announced six new battery installations on two Puerto Rico islands will bring back vital services through powered microgrids while underwater cables await repairs.
Tesla batteries will be placed at a waste water treatment plant and a pumping station, according to published reports.
And a Tesla plan to deploy microgrids across Puerto Rico on a grander scale is reportedly under government consideration.
"One way or another, said Professor [David] Victor at the University of California, “Puerto Rico is an important test case of climate-change politics,” the New York Times reported.
Tesla is keeping generally mum about its efforts, declining interview requests.
On its own website, Tesla reported:
“As Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria after the Category 4 storm destroyed nearly all of the island’s electrical infrastructure, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has pledged to work with officials on building microgrids aimed at solving Puerto Rico’s energy crisis through the use of solar panels and the company’s Powerpack battery system.
“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.” said Musk earlier this month in response to an outreach made by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello.”
Tesla’s efforts, new energy technologies and strategies for Puerto Rico and other Caribbean areas crippled by a violent hurricane season will be discussed at 2 pm ET Thursday in a special Energy Times webcast, “Lessons from the 2017 Hurricane Wreckage: How Puerto Rico Could Harden Its Power Grid."
Please click here to register for the free webcast, featuring Philip Moeller, Edison Electric Institute executive vice president and former commissioner of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Mark McGranaghan, Electric Power Research Institute vice president, Mike Hyland, American Public Power Association senior vice president of engineering services and Gabe Gutierrez, NBC correspondent who spent six weeks covering the Puerto Rico disaster post-Hurricane Maria.