Musk says Puerto Rico’s power grid could be built from the ground up with solar and battery packs

In the wake of two hurricanes, Puerto Rico’s power grid was blasted back to the stone age. In an effort to return power to the people who need it, Tesla has been shipping Powerwalls over to the island. Now, CEO Elon Musk says the company might rebuild the entire power grid, scaling up their battery-and-solar model to service the entire state.

“Send Tesla” spelled out from the ruins of a house destroyed while the occupant camps nearby, twelve days after Irma hit the northern shore of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands on September 16, 2017.
Image credits Reuters / Jonathan Drake.

Even before disaster hit, Puerto Rico wasn’t in the best place energy-wise — electricity rates were already quite high, at about US$0.20/kWh, and was drawn almost entirely from fossil fuels.

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