Renewable energy entrepreneur Elon Musk says he could rebuild Puerto Rico with a broken power infrastructure with its solar energy technology.
The vast majority of the territory of the island remains without power, weeks after having been hit by Hurricane Maria.
On Twitter, Mr. Musk said that its technology, which powers several small islands, could be scaled to work for Puerto Rico.
The island’s governor has responded to Mr. Musk with the message: “let’s talk”.
“Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your Tesla technologies? Puerto Rico can be that flagship project,” the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, said.
Mr. Musk of Tesla company is known for its electric cars, but it also includes SolarCity, a solar panel firm that specialises in the effective storage of large amounts of electricity in the power of the banks.
The company says it has powered small islands, including Ta’u in American Samoa. There, he installed a solar panel grid that can power the whole island and store enough electricity for three days without sun.
“The Tesla team has done to many small islands throughout the world, but it is not the scaling limit, so that it can be made to Puerto Rico, too,” Mr. Musk tweeted.
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But he added that such a project would need the support of Puerto Rico, something the governor seems to be open to.
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It is also understood that Tesla has already sent a number of battery systems in Puerto Rico in order to store energy from the island of the existing solar panels to offset the energy shortage.
The last conversation is reminiscent of the bet started on Twitter between Mr. Musk and an Australian software entrepreneur who has led to plans for the world’s largest battery-storage project in South Australia.
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The installation of the battery, which Tesla guaranteed could work “100 days from the date of signing of the contract,” – said half-built in the days following the start of construction.
The governor of Puerto rico, also used exactly the same language – “let’s talk” – as the South Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young used before the project became a reality.
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Puerto rican residents with solar panels are among the few with a stable supply of electricity.
A florist, Hector Santiago, has invested $ 300,000 (Â£230,000) in the solar panels six years ago, Reuters reported this week.
“Everyone told me that I was crazy because it was so expensive. Now, I have the power and they don’t do it,” he told the agency.
It is understood that Tesla has already sent a number of battery systems in Puerto Rico in order to store energy from the island of the existing solar panels to offset the energy shortage.
Mr. Musk has been largely successful in its renewable ventures.
Alongside his success of Tesla motors company and solar energy projects, he is also the founder of SpaceX, which has developed rockets reusable for space flight.
Last week, he unveiled plans for a city with a rocket transport system, which could fly people from London to New York in less than half an hour, and for a manned mission to Mars in 2024.