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Tesla project to provide power to Puerto Rico Children’s Hospital

By on October 25, 2017

SAN JUAN – Tesla, the energy storage company, has announced it will use its batteries and solar panels to restore power to the Children’s Hospital.

The information was posted by the company on its Twitter account on Tuesday. It is the “first of many” projects, Tesla tweeted, that will help restore electricity to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has only been able to reach 25% of its generation capacity more than a month after the storm.

Very few hospitals in Puerto Rico have reliable electric service because they rely on the use of diesel-powered generators. Almost all the island’s hospitals are finally open but electric service is unreliable.

As reported by Caribbean Business, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló began talks in early October with senior Tesla officials about the company’s use of batteries and solar panels to build microgrids around the island. In fact, the Energy Commission is working on an expedited regulation for these.

Puerto Rico Energy Commission drafting rules to install microgrids

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