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Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico grid, Musk says

Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico grid, Musk says

Sure, he's not exactly a neutral observer, but Scott Miller didn't hold back the punches when talking to a group of Australian reporters in Detroit about Elon Musk's baby - and he makes a point worth listening to.

The conversation began on Thursday when a social media user asked Musk whether his auto, energy and solar panel company could rebuild Puerto Rico's electric grid.

The idea could come to fruition.

None other than Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello responded directly to Musk's tweet with great interest.

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, it caused huge damage to its power grid. The Category 4 storm knocked out power for the entire island's 3.5 million residents, and they may not get power again for another six months.

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Tesla, however, has sent hundreds of its Powerwall batteries, which collect and store solar energy, to help provide power more immediately to Puerto Ricans.

Musk was probably genuine in his response - and there's no proof that the Tesla system couldn't work in Puerto Rico. However, that island's population is about 70,000 people. So bad, in fact, that restoring power to everyone on the island is expected to take months. "PR could be that flagship project", Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is a huge problem Not only is the island's electrical grid decimated, but the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is in a fiscal mess.

As of Wednesday, only 14 of Puerto Rico's hospitals had electricity, while 51 were "degraded" and in need of generators for power. When completed in December 2017 it is said it will be capable of powering up to 30,000 homes - if Musk fails on the challenge it will cost potentially the company over $50m.

We have contacted Tesla for a comment and will update this story once we receive a reply.

"The level of technology and knowing what it takes to do the mission, to say you can be a full level five with just cameras and radars is not physically possible".


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