Elon Musk has been in the news for a while now. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO doesn’t cease to amaze us with his ideas and innovations. Recently, one of his tweets received attention from the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló. Post Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is in shambles. The country has less than 10 percent electricity available. Musk’s tweet suggested that he could help the disaster stricken country.
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,” Musk 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.”
Indeed, Tesla has been noted for taking up similar projects on battery and solar power for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative in Hawaii and in American Samoa. However, these islands have a small population. Kauai has about 70,000 people while Puerto Rico has around 3.4 million.
— Ricardo Rossello (@ricardorossello) October 6, 2017
Ricardo Rosselló replied soon and tweeted "@elonMusk Let's talk. Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies? PR could be that flagship project."
The current energy grid in Puerto Rico depends on importing and burning oil to generate electricity. Many citizens have been paying high electricity bills for years. Tesla’s solution could radically change the power supply system.
Reports suggest that any solution offered by Tesla would likely be aimed towards a long term instead of an immediate power restoration. However, Tesla has already sent several Powerwall batteries to help supply power quickly to Puerto Rico. Powerwall batteries collect and store solar energy after being paired with solar panels.
The power crisis in Puerto Rico could take months to fully resolve. And as Ricardo Rosselló said this Monday, it could take an entire month to restore electricity to only a quarter of households in the country.According to the The Hill, the Puerto Rican state owned electricity company says that some households in the country could be without electricity for about four to six months.