Tesla recently completed its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity and now the company has shown off one of the projects it has been working on, powering a whole island with solar power.
Ta’u is a small island in American Samoa that has around 600 residents, previously, the island ran on diesel generators, and now it is provided by solar panels and batteries thanks to Tesla.
Tesla have setup a 1.4-megawatt solar array and a 6-megawatt hour energy storage system with 60 Tesla Powerpacks. The system is what is called a microgrid and it’s now the island’s main source of energy.
The panels generate enough electricity to recharge the batteries to full in just seven hours and the batteries will allow the island to stay fully powered for three days without sunlight.