After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, for most of the population was left without electricity. Not for a few days — but for up to 6 months. But in a twist of fortunate events aided by technology and innovative thinking, Tesla Responded to the Governor’s tweet by shipping hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can store energy generated from solar panels so that this Puerto Rican children’s hospital now has power.

Hospital del Niño became the first of many solar and storage projects to help support the recovery of Puerto Rico:

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Puerto Rico is caught between an ecological disaster following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as a man-made financial crisis. It has long been suffering from poverty and economic dependence, with little financial support from the US.

With an already outdated infrastructure to build from, what was needed was a drastic solution that could override the lack of existing supplies, and take advantage of a most reliable resource in the Caribbean: solar energy.

The Earth receives about 173,000 terawatts of energy each year from the sun — that’s more than 10,000 times what we need. The challenge is how to successfully collect and store all that energy — and be able to afford it. Now, solar panels cost half of what they did a few years ago, and keep falling. In fact, a group of UK researchers estimate that solar power will contribute to 20% of our energy consumption by 2027.

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Tesla will begin selling solar panels and battery packs at Home Depot later this year.


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