Tesla, has set up solar panels and energy storage batteries at Hospital del Nino
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has followed through on his plan to boost power resources in Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Mr Musk’s firm, Tesla, has set up solar panels and energy storage batteries at Hospital del Nino, a children’s hospital in San Juan.
Mr Musk has also donated $250,000 (£190,000) of his own money to support humanitarian efforts in Puerto Rico, where many people are still without electricity.
Musk first hinted at helping to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid in a tweet on October 5th; Governor Ricardo Rosselló promptly replied with, “Let’s talk.” Since then, numerous other companies have offered to help find power solutions for the territory that sustained upwards of $90 billion in damage in late September from Hurricane Maria.
Last week, however, Whitefish Energy, a small firm from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Montana hometown, said it would be awarded the $300 million contract to fix Puerto Rico’s electricity problem.
A $300m contract to repair the power grid was recently awarded to a small, two-year-old US firm with just two employees.
Following criticism from US lawmakers, Mr. Rossello defended the deal this week.
He said the company, Whitefish Energy Holdings, was the only one that met Puerto Rico’s requirements at a low enough cost.
Tesla is known for its electric cars, such as the Model S, but the company is expanding into the renewable energy sector.
It is installing a 100 megawatt set of its Powerpack batteries in Australia – the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world.
And last week, it won a $160m contract with wind turbine maker Vestas to place batteries at a new wind farm, also in Australia.
The wind farm will feature solar panels as well as wind turbines and has been designed to provide power for more than 35,000 homes.