Tesla Powers Pacific Island With Solar Panels (VIDEO)
Tesla recently acquired SolarCity, marking a partnership that could be the beginning of some major advancements in the field of renewable energy. Naturally, Tesla is looking to celebrate, and what better way than to announce that the company is powering an entire pacific island!
Yes, the island of Ta’u in American Samoa is powered almost entirely by solar panels and Tesla Powerpack battery systems. Granted, the island is only 17-square-miles and has just 600 residents. But this was an island that was burning through diesel like it was going out of style, with each power generator using up to 300 gallons of fuel per day. With Tesla nearing completion of the 1.4 megawatt solar farm, Ta’u will be using almost 100 percent renewable power. The panels can be recharged with just seven hours of sunlight, and keep the community powered for three full days without sunlight. It’s awesome stuff, and a peek into what could be the future of energy. You can watch the video Tesla released about the small island below:
What do you think about what Tesla is doing in Ta’u? What are your thoughts on renewable power? Sound off in the comments!
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