Tesla Is Sending Hundreds Of Powerwall Batteries to Aid Puerto Rico
Tesla is aiding in Puerto Rico power crisis by sending hundreds of their Powerwall battery systems. Puerto Rico is almost completely cut off power since the 20th of September, as Hurricane Maria destroyed most of the country’s energy infrastructure. As soon as the hurricane passed, Tesla sent hundreds of their power banks, with some of them having already arrived and others on their way.
In 2015 Tesla presented Powerwalls, large batteries that store power gathered by solar panels. Together with the Powerwalls, Tesla also sent their employees to help install these power banks, and to find best locations to integrate them.
There’s no time estimation for how long it will take to renew Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, as it must be restarted from scratch in an extremely labour-intensive process called ‘black start’. As of today, over 3.4 million Puerto Ricans are cut off from electricity, unable to refrigerate food, use air conditioning or pump drinkable water.