TESLA IS NOW RUNNING AN ENTIRE ISLAND ON SOLAR POWER. (Video)
South Africa’s own Elon Musk has made it he’s life’s mission to make the world run on more environmentally friendly and efficient energy resources. He has already shown what he can do with his all electric cars which have taken the motoring industry by storm. The recent Model S even going as far as out selling the likes of both the BMW 7 series and Mercedes Benz S class.
Now that Tesla has officially acquired SolarCity, it's not wasting any time showing what the combined entity can do. Tesla has revealed that it's running the entire island of Ta'u (in American Samoa) on a solar energy “microgrid” that can cover "nearly 100 percent" of electrical needs. It's not just the 5,328 solar panels that are key -- it's the 60 Tesla Power-packs that offer 6 megawatt-hours of energy storage. While Ta'u is normally very sunny, the packs can keep it running for three days without sunlight. They don't have to worry about a cloudy day leading to blackouts.
The solar switch, which took a year to complete, has both its long-term environmental and immediate practical benefits. Like many remote communities, Ta'u previously had to run on diesel generators that burn around 300 gallons of fuel per day, which is neither eco-friendly nor cheap.
Solar power eliminates the pollution, of course, but it also saves the cost of having to continuously buy and ship barrels of diesel. And crucially, it provides a more reliable source of electricity. Locals previously had to ration power (say, if a diesel shipment wasn't on time) or accept periodic outages. Now, they can assume they'll have power at all times.