Renewable power entrepreneur Elon Musk says he may rebuild Puerto Rico’s shattered electrical infrastructure along with his photo voltaic power expertise.
The overwhelming majority of the island territory stays with out energy, weeks after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.
On Twitter, Mr Musk mentioned his expertise, which powers a number of smaller islands, could possibly be scaled as much as work for Puerto Rico.
The island’s governor responded to Mr Musk with the message: “Let’s speak”.
“Do you need to present the world the ability and scalability of your Tesla applied sciences? Puerto Rico could possibly be that flagship challenge,” the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, mentioned.
Mr Musk’s Tesla firm is known for its electrical automobiles, nevertheless it additionally incorporates SolarCity – a photo voltaic panel agency which specialises in effectively storing giant quantities of electrical energy in energy banks.
The corporate says it has powered small islands, resembling Ta’u in American Samoa. There, it put in a photo voltaic grid which might energy your entire island and retailer sufficient electrical energy for 3 days with none solar.
“The Tesla group has carried out this for a lot of smaller islands around the globe, however there is no such thing as a scalability restrict, so it may be carried out for Puerto Rico, too,” Mr Musk tweeted.
However he added that such a challenge would want the help of Puerto Rico – one thing the governor seems to be open to.
It is usually understood that Tesla has already despatched quite a few battery programs to Puerto Rico to retailer power from the island’s current photo voltaic panels to assist offset the power scarcity.
The newest dialog is reminiscent of the bet started on Twitter between Mr Musk and an Australian software program entrepreneur which led to plans for the world’s largest battery storage challenge in South Australia.
That battery set up – which Tesla assured could possibly be working “100 days from contract signature” – was declared half-built inside days of the beginning of building.
The Puerto Rican governor additionally used the very same language – “let’s speak” – as South Australia Senator Sarah Hanson-Young used earlier than the challenge turned a actuality.
Puerto Rican residents with photo voltaic panels are among the many few with a steady electrical energy provide.
One flower grower, Hector Santiago, invested $300,000 (£230,000) in photo voltaic panels six years in the past, Reuters reported this week.
“Everyone instructed me I used to be loopy as a result of it was so costly. Now I’ve energy and so they do not,” he instructed the company.
It’s understood that Tesla has already despatched quite a few battery programs to Puerto Rico to retailer power from the island’s current photo voltaic panels to assist offset the power scarcity.
Mr Musk has been largely profitable in his renewable ventures.
Alongside his profitable Tesla motors firm and photo voltaic tasks, he’s additionally the founding father of SpaceX, which has developed reusable rockets for area flight.
Final week, he unveiled plans for a city to city rocket transport system, which may fly individuals from London to New York in lower than half an hour, and for a manned Mars mission by 2024.