This year has been bad for the countries that were under the hurricane struck area. Puerto Rico also suffered a lot due to Hurricane Maria and due to this, the island’s power grid literally is nowhere now.
Puerto Rico has an amazing chance to rebuild the power grid and governor Ricardo Rossello is making sure that the island does not lose this golden opportunity.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Technologies recently tweeted that he can help Puerto Rico rebuild its electricity system with the help of independent batteries and solar energy.
His tweet read, “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.”
Puerto Rico has a huge electricity problem right now as only 10% of the population has access to power and if we go by the reports, it is expected that the some communities might not get electricity for at least four to six months.
The Puerto Rico governor tweeted at Musk after Musk’s proposal writing, “Let’s talk. Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies? PR could be that flagship project.”
Glorimar Ripoli, the island’s chief innovation office, also did not hesitate to share her thoughts on the matter tweeting, “As the Government’s CINO, I fully support this! Let’s build the Puerto Rico we all want through innovation.”
After all these big talks, the question remains if words will turn into work also or not. Of course, Musk is known to finalize deals on Twitter. He has done it before and is expected to do it again. He made a deal to build a battery plant in Australia which started due to one tweet last March. The deal was finalized and Musk will lose $50 million if the job is not done in a 100 days.
Tesla has reportedly already shipped Powerwall battery systems to the island and it’s employees are in Puerto Rico installing the systems and locals are being trained.
Tesla Technologies has also before created battery and solar power grid for many other islands and Musk also mentioned it in his tweet. The islands include Hawaii and American Samoa but we cannot forget the fact that all the projects that Tesla has handled so far are for way smaller populations. Although the company has never done such a project for such a huge population, Musk, like any company owner, is very confident and believes that his system can provide the required energy for 3.4 million citizens that live on the island.