All-electric sports car and battery maker Tesla's solar energy technology now powers an entire island in American Samoa, underscoring the potential role for the green energy to replace fossil fuels.
The island of Ta'u draws 100% of its electricity needs from solar power and a battery storage-enabled micro-grid, which serves as a more efficient, less-expensive, and carbon emissions-friendly alternative to fossil fuels. It also solves the problems of frequent power outages that previously plagued the island's 600 residents.
The micro-grid consists of 1.4 megawatts of solar generation capacity installed by SolarCity, which Tesla acquired earlier this month, and 6 megawatt hours of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks. The start-to-completion date of the project was one year.
The micro-grid is not powerful enough to provide electricity to an entire company's campus or even a small city, however it serves as a model for more ambitious future solar power energy projects.
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