Tesla and Puerto Rico.

Feb 2013
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just past the moons of Jupiter
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It comes with solar panels and batteries. The REAL electrical help though, comes from Tesla and the initial link.
A solar panel that size can operate about 12 60 watt light bulbs.

So it sounds like the magic is in the link. What do you mean by Tesla's initial link?
 
Jul 2009
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It looks like Musk has decided to work with Puerto Rico to test the scalability of Teslas power wall and solar capture technology. This is a win-win scenario and should be seriously beneficial for everyone.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/10/07/puerto-rico-electric-grid-solar/743129001/

I wish them luck.
This reminds me of that midwestern town that got leveled by a tornado a few years back. Took the need to rebuild to go green. PR using it's need to rebuild the power grid to go solar (and hopefully buried lines) is the logical thing to do.
 
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Aug 2017
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Medway Towns, Kent
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Can anybody point out if the car park system has worked - there seems to be a lot of press confusion about the capacity and supply? There was a lot of initial gush about it but little else reported of any substance apart from the free advertising for Tesla.
The diesel fuel supply is now restored and the diesel generators are back on line therefore what are the solar arrays and battery packs doing? The initial installations and set-up was free of charge but the supply is to be negotiated therfore what are they being charged is it worth it what are the generators doing????
 
Oct 2012
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Can anybody point out if the car park system has worked - there seems to be a lot of press confusion about the capacity and supply? There was a lot of initial gush about it but little else reported of any substance apart from the free advertising for Tesla.
The diesel fuel supply is now restored and the diesel generators are back on line therefore what are the solar arrays and battery packs doing? The initial installations and set-up was free of charge but the supply is to be negotiated therfore what are they being charged is it worth it what are the generators doing????
I'm not sure what the "Car Park" system is...but:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech...s-solar-power-puerto-rico-hospital/802216001/
 
Feb 2013
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Can anybody point out if the car park system has worked - there seems to be a lot of press confusion about the capacity and supply? There was a lot of initial gush about it but little else reported of any substance apart from the free advertising for Tesla.
The diesel fuel supply is now restored and the diesel generators are back on line therefore what are the solar arrays and battery packs doing? The initial installations and set-up was free of charge but the supply is to be negotiated therfore what are they being charged is it worth it what are the generators doing????
I would say any confusion is contrived in order to blur the truth. Solar panels and batteries aren't a reliable source of energy if they were they are dirt cheap and you could power your house with them and not pay the Electrical Company replacing a lid acid battery once every 8 to 10 years and a one-time cost of solar panels even if they are about $4,000 which they're not would be much cheaper then paying for electricity.

Solar energy at least for now is a pipe dream.
 
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Aug 2017
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Not many things survive a big Hurricane.
Not thinking of a big one any one, any hurricane would scatter the array and PR is prone to hurricanes. The issue in Puerto Rico is not generation its distribution is Musk going to install free of charge distrubution lines, nodes etc.?
 
Oct 2012
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Not thinking of a big one any one, any hurricane would scatter the array and PR is prone to hurricanes. The issue in Puerto Rico is not generation its distribution is Musk going to install free of charge distrubution lines, nodes etc.?
The Government of Puerto Rico is currently negotiating major infrastructure choices, but the freebies were for emergency aid.
 
Aug 2017
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I would say any confusion is contrived in order to blur the truth.
I was just playing with a back of a napking calculation based on the array in the pictures linked... and the various figures quoted in various news outlets seems to suggest 200kW array with 500 kWH of battery storage. based on the blurb from Tesla their Powerwall costs USD6.5K per 10KwH thus USD325K installed? The array being 200kW at roughtly what USD8/kW so roughtly USD1.6M installed.... so basically a USD2Million loan/subsidy from FEMA?

What they don't say is the cost per kWh which the hospital has to fork out.
I wonder what there normal electricity cost is?

A brand new 200kW generator will cost roughly USD30K therefore how much fuel could they have for the difference between USD2M and USD30K?

And they lost their car park....:eek:
 
Aug 2017
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The Government of Puerto Rico is currently negotiating major infrastructure choices, but the freebies were for emergency aid.
A solar array installed in a car park is hardly emergency aid!
A generator airlifted in would have been better value for money and more practical.
 
Oct 2012
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A solar array installed in a car park is hardly emergency aid!
A generator airlifted in would have been better value for money and more practical.
The childrens hospital already had generators...fuel for them was the issue.
 
Aug 2017
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The childrens hospital already had generators...fuel for them was the issue.
I know but fuel was easy to get once the roads were clear and in any case could have been airlifted. As I said generation was never a major issue just seems to me that Musk turned it into a marketing ploy at the tax payers expense. Good for him! A great opportunity but a waste of time and money for the hospital that is lumbered with all that useless stuff... and no car park.
Again I assume Mr. Musk’s largesse will not extent to the islands distribution network?
 

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