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Tesla: Puerto Rico Power Equipment Shipped

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:54 AM

Tesla’s Puerto Rico help in the form of its Powerpacks and Powerwalls products have been shipped to the island to help residents recover from a crippled electrical infrastructure which continues to leave many in the dark.

The Powerwalls help bring rooftop solar installations back online for homes and small businesses, the website Electrek reported.

Tesla's Powerpack 2, which has the same energy capacity of 210 kilowatt hours, can help bring larger parts of Puerto Rico's grid online by working with the electric utilities and combining the energy storage systems with solar farms or other renewable energy sources, Electrek stated.

The Business Insider reported that Tesla's vice president of energy sales and operations, Cal Lankton, has met with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello about using the Tesla Powerpacks to build microgrids that could restore electricity to parts of the island.

The New York Times reported last week that 84 percent of Puerto Rico remained without electrical power some three weeks after Hurricane Maria slammed the island and decimating its already troubled electrical infrastructure.

Shortly after Hurricane Maria passed, Tesla started shipping hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels, wrote Fortune magazine. The shipment came with Tesla employees who installed the battery systems and helped repaired solar there, per the magazine.

Tesla helped owners of its vehicles in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma by shipping out temporary software updates to extend its battery range, Fortune reported. The company decided to extend the battery range for all Model S and Model X cars with 60-kilowatt hour and 70-kwh battery packs, Fortune stated.

It is not the first time Musk touted Tesla ability to harness energy. Tesla in July committed to building a grid-connected energy-storage system in South Australia within 100 days, or it would be free, wrote the Los Angeles Times.

Tesla is working with French renewable energy firm Neoen to complete the project by December, before Australia's summer, the Times noted.

Musk has said he would like a similar long-term relationship with Puerto Rico in rebuilding its entire grid.

The island's governor sounded receptive to the idea on Twitter.

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