A plea for Tesla to send help to Puerto Rico was spelled out with the remains of a house which was brought down and torn apart from Hurricane Irma. Now, the electric car marker is sending help.
Besides building electric cars, Tesla also has an at-home battery pack, called the Powerwall, that can capstore and save energy generated by solar panels – renewable. Tesla is now working on shipping hundreds of Powerwalls to Puerto Rico as the island continues to suffer from power outages due to the savage storm, Bloomberg first reported .
One million people were left in the area without power after Hurricane Irma , which had a category 5 storm, hit Puerto Rico. Around 60,000 people were already without power when Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm, knocked out power for the entire island’s 3.5 million residents. So the area had no power at all.
Generators in the area are currently helping power high-priority buildings like hospitals, but power likely won’t return to the entire island for another six months since there has been a lot of damage. So in this case, Tesla’s Powerwall could help bridge the gap in those areas as Puerto Rico starts its works to repairs its electrical grid in order to restore power.
Tesla employees are working on the ground in Puerto Rico to help install these battery packs and repairthe solar panels, according to the Bloomberg report.