U.S. electric car and battery maker Tesla Inc’s CEO Elon Musk said on Friday the company will send more battery installers to Puerto Rico to help restore power after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island’s energy grid two weeks ago, reports Reuters.
“The internal Tesla Powerwall install team in (Puerto Rico) is very small right now. Sending experienced installers from continental U.S. to hire and train local team as fast as possible,” Elon Musk said in a tweet, referring to the company’s Powerwall battery system.
Musk also spoke with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello on Friday about what Tesla could do to help restore power.
“Great initial conversation with @elonmusk tonight. Teams are now talking; exploring opportunities. Next steps soon to follow,” Rossello tweeted Friday night.
In response to a tweet yesterday, the Tesla and Solar City CEO said that it would be possible for Tesla to rebuild Puerto Rico’s hurricane devastated energy system with Tesla technologies.
Millions of Puerto Ricans are living in the dark at home after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, knocking out its already fragile electric grid.
Two weeks later, only 10.7% of residents have electricity, according to Puerto Rican government figures.
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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 5, 2017
“The Tesla team has [built solar grids] for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too,” the billionaire tweeted on Thursday. “Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR.”
— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) October 6, 2017
“@elonMusk Let’s talk. Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies? PR could be that flagship project,” Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló tweeted Thursday night.
Currently, the island imports and burns oil to generate electricity. Puerto Ricans have been paying exorbitantly high electric bills for years.
CNN Money adds:
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.