Tesla powers a whole island with solar (Video)
Tesla recently completed their purchase of SolarCity for $2.6 Billion and the company did not waste any time by announcing a major solar project where they will be powering an entire island with solar energy.
The island of Ta’u in American Samoa will be the test site and they have already started installing batteries and microgrid of solar energy panels. The island previously ran exclusively on diesel generators and Tesla plans to replace the same by providing nearly 100 percent of power via their Solar panels for 600 residents.
Themicrogrid will comprise of 5,328 solar panels and will also install 60 power packs for batteries.Elon Musk might have shot himself in the foot as the acquisition ofSolarCity is a risky move as they purchased a company that was far from achieving profit however Musk insists that the buyout was “blindingly obvious”. Musk thinks that this solar “Master Plan” to integrate clean energy in society is necessary and hopes to achieve the impossible all over the world.
The American Samoan authorities funded the project and Tesla estimates that this move will offset the island’s usage of 109,500 gallons of diesel per year. It will also reduce the cost of transporting this fuel as the island is in a remote area. "Factoring in the escalating cost of fuel, along with transporting such mass quantities to the small island, the financial impact is substantial," said Tesla in a blog post.
The new solar panels are capable of giving the island energy for up to three days without sunlight and it is capable of recharging in seven hours.