Hurricane Maria ranked the tenth out of the most vicious natural disasters in U.S. history. In the aftermath, Puerto Rico registered the impact as the worst on record. One of the most concerning issues the community is now facing is an energy crisis.
The storm did irreparable damages to their frail electric grid. Therefore, Puerto Ricans are currently living in darkness. One of the moguls that are willing to help the community is Elon Musk. He claimed that his companies could provide long-lasting solutions to an economy that a $73 billion debt overburdens each day.
Tesla Successfully Delivered Electricity Projects in the Past that Are Similar to What Puerto Rico Needs Right Now
Two weeks have gone since the moment Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico. However, it turns out that the territory needs way more time to recover. At the moment, only 9% of households have electricity according to reports coming from the government.
However, the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, is already debating how his projects can help the community in distress. His tweets on Thursday revealed that his teams’ expertise so far can be of valuable significance to Puerto Rico. He claimed that they worked with enough islands on their power systems to lend a hand to this region as well.
The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too. Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 5, 2017
The energy crisis makes Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts to move slowly. Only 14 hospitals are up and running. Other 51 need extensive repairs for their power generators. However, Tesla has already provided this type of help before yet at a smaller scale.
The Government’s Plan Will Take Care of the Energy Crisis in Six Months’ Time
Musk’s company worked with authorities in American Samoa and the Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative in Hawaii. The projects here implied solar power and battery systems. However, Elon Musk’s tweet claimed that he needs authorities’ cooperation to kickstart the Puerto Rico electric grid.
The government’s initial plan to solve this crisis will work with a timeframe of up to six months. Governor Ricardo Rossello claimed on Monday that a quarter of Puerto Ricans would have electricity again in a month. However, the entire issue might be fixed in up to six months.
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