Tesla is apparently significantly ramping up its effort to help rebuild the power grid in Puerto Rico after it was destroyed by hurricanes last year.
After having completed hundreds of energy storage project on the islands in the last few months, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says that they have ‘about 11,000’ energy storage projects underway in Puerto Rico, which means something big is in the work.
Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company installed batteries at 662 locations in Puerto Rico.
We reported that they focused on critical services. For example, Tesla deployed a series of Powerpack systems on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra for a sanitary sewer treatment plant, the Arcadia water pumping station, the Ciudad Dorada elderly community, the Susan Centeno hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques.
The automaker’s energy division also deployed a solar+battery system at a hospital in Puerto Rico.
While it’s one of the biggest examples of Tesla deploying energy storage systems in a single market, it now sounds like it’s only the beginning as Musk says that there are about 20 times more projects underway in Puerto Rico:
At the very minimum, it would be one Powerwall per project, which would add up to a deployment of at least ~150 MWh of energy capacity.
But that’s just the bare minimum since as we have recently seen, most projects include more than one Powerwalls.
For example, we recently reported on a homeowner in Puerto Rico who received a 3-Powerwall installation that helped keep the lights on during the last power outage:
It was also recently reported that the Puerto Rican government was considering Tesla’s plan for a series of microgrids throughout the market in order to help bring back power on a larger scale.
Those ~11,000 projects could also potentially be part of that larger scale project.