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Tesla Converts An Entire Island Of American Samoa From 100% Diesel To 100% Solar Energy


It is more than apparent that Tesla’s successes augment unceasingly.  It has been a little while back since we have been talking about the Tesla’s all electric highway capable vehicles also known as Tesla’s EVs and the Tesla’s energy storage known as Tesla’s Powerwall.

As it has been anticipated, Tesla’s merger with the Solar City, which is by the way one of the biggest solar energy contractors in the United States of America, has ended up with something really phenomenal.

This merger which has been approved by the company’s shareholders has resulted in converting the entire island’s diesel usage to 100% solar energy city.Tesla has installed a 1.4 megawatt solar power farm and 6-megawatt hours of energy storage on the island of Ta’u, basically providing almost 100 percent of the island’s energy needs.

It’s a big change for the faraway island Ta’u, which is one of the five islands in American Samoa. Ta’u is a distant island which is located nearly 4,000 miles away from the mainland of the USA or more precisely away from the West Coast and about 2,600 miles away from Hawaii. This island counts nearly 600 residents.

They used to rely on diesel generators for all of their electric needs, which required the import of roughly 100,000 gallons of diesel per year and thus facing countless issues while transporting it and wasting it earlier than expected.At present, Solar City is powering almost the entire island of Ta’u with solar power. The island has an array of about 5,328 solar panels and 60 Tesla Powerpacks, which amount to 6 megawatt hour store and enable enough energy to power the island for up to three days in case the sun was not to shine for that long for some reason or the solar panels are somehow interrupted.Whereas, the micro grids used are developed in such a way that are supposed to allow the Ta’u islanders enjoy the electricity twenty- four hours a day, seven days per week. All praise is due to the incorporated endeavor as well as the technology of both Tesla and Solar City.

This project has been described as one of the most developed micro grids ever utilized and it has been funded by the American Samoa Development Authority, The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior too.

According to the Solar City the distant island Ta’u presents an instant capture of the current potentials at present time, not simply a greeting card from the time ahead.

They say that it is renewable power that is an economical as well as effective solution for raising the number of places and energy necessities, especially islands where inhabitants normally rely on fossil fuels which can effortlessly convey to micro grids powered by solar and storage nowadays.

It is more than obvious that after the merger has been accomplished, Tesla’s company has added another success and it is putting it steadier on its pedestal, thus enabling Tesla a position as a completely sustainable energy trident made of Powerwall, Solar City and EVs.

Source: www.electrek.co