Puerto Rico Asks Musk for Tesla's Help Solving Energy Woes

With the USA territory island in $70million worth of debt and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) alone in $9million debt getting electricity back to the island is a distant dream without assistance.

Tesla has already done similar battery and solar power projects with the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative in Hawaii and in American Samoa.

Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico, was receptive to the idea.

Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20 as a very unsafe Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 155 miles per hour (249 km per hour), cutting off power to all 3.4 million residents on the island.

As Tesla focuses on fixing those bottlenecks and increasing Model 3 production volumes, Musk chose to get rid of the potential distraction that is the unveiling of an entirely new business unit for Tesla; trucking.

It started with an Earther article about how the unfortunate destruction of Puerto Rico's power grid provides the opportunity to rebuild it in a far more efficient way. But it's an expensive one, and it's completely unclear how the nation of 3 million people would come up with the funds. In time of crisis, the frail infrastructure of electricity grids relying traditional coal or oil are in areas such as Puerto Rico are prime candidates to turn to solar to help get vital amenities and services back up and running.

Saudi economy contracts in first two quarters of 2017
Russia's role grows, and this powerful country is ready to play Middle East mediator during King Salman's visit to Moscow . On Wednesday Putin said an extension of the Opec deal was possible and could last "at least to the end of 2018".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils his second-generation Powerpack battery system in November 2016. But Musk, in his typical overly optimistic fashion, says that there's no reason this can't work.

The Tesla CEO responded to a tweet asking if he could do in and rebuild the US territory's electricity system with one of his own.

GM's Super Cruise, unlike Tesla's Autopilot, uses a lidar sensors to help it better map out the world around it.

"@elonMusk Let's talk. Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies?".

The Puerto Rico governor didn't take too long to respond to the tweet.

Gov. Rossello responded on Twitter that he would be interested in having a conversation with Musk.

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