Tesla solar energy in Puerto Rico

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Entrepreneur Elon Musk has followed through on his plan to boost power resources in Puerto Rico, after it was devastated by hurricane Maria.

Mr Musk’s company, Tesla, solar panels and energy storage batteries in the Hospital del Nino, the children’s hospital in San Juan.

The batteries supply the energy from the panels, when sunlight is scarce.

Tesla said on Twitter it was the “first of many” such projects.

Mr Musk has donated $250,000(£190,000) of his own money to support humanitarian efforts in Puerto Rico, where many people are still without power.

Earlier this month, the Tesla co-founder offered – via Twitter – to help restore power infrastructure.

The US territory’s Governor, Ricardo Rossello, replied: “Let’s talk.”

Mr Rossello has since thanked Tesla for his work in the hospital – also on Twitter (in Spanish).Contract Controversy

A $300m contract to repair the power grid was recently.with a small, two-year-old U.S. company with only two employees

After criticism from U.S. lawmakers, Mr Rossello defends the deal this week.

He said the company, whitefish Energy Holdings, was the only one that hit Puerto Rico, the requirements at a low enough cost.

Tesla is known for its electric cars like the Model S, but the company’s Expansion in the renewable energy sector.

It has installed a 100-megawatt set his Powerpack batteries in Australia – the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world.

And last week, he won a $160m contract with turbine-maker Vestas batteries to a new wind farm, also in Australia.

The wind farm is designed using solar panels and wind turbines and was to provide power for more than 35,000 homes.