Tesla Gives Solar Power Equipment to a Puerto Rican Hospital

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 - 8:42PM
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 - 8:42PM
Tesla Gives Solar Power Equipment to a Puerto Rican Hospital
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In the ongoing relief efforts aiming to aid Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Elon Musk has dug deep into his own pockets, while also offering up the services of his clean energy automotive company, Tesla.

Following the devastating hurricane damage, much of Puerto Rico is still without electricity, as the territory's electrical grid has been compromised. This has proven particularly catastrophic for hospitals, with reports that surgeons have been forced to perform complicated operations by the lights of their smart phones, due to a lack of a feasible back-up power system.

Thankfully, one medical facility, Hospital del Niño, should have one less thing to worry about. Tesla has fitted the hospital out with a series of state of the art solar panels and rechargeable batteries, capable not only of generating power for the entire building, but also producing additional energy that can be stored in the event of another black-out in the future.




Tesla's official Twitter account insists that this is just the first of many projects that are underway, and it's expected that other crucial medical buildings will receive similar aid from the company. Musk has pledged to personally donate $250,000 to the relief effort for the region, in addition to what his company will be providing in terms of equipment and services.

Puerto Rican officials have been happy to see the assistance, with the territory's Chief Innovation Officer, Glorimar Ripoli, suggesting that the work Tesla is doing will show off just how innovative and beneficial Tesla's solar energy panels and power storage batteries can be.

Perhaps the best thing about Tesla's contributions will be the long-term benefits of these solar panels, which will remain in use long after other relief efforts have concluded. Having a territory gain a massive boost in its clean energy production during a time of difficulty will go a long way to helping citizens to live more comfortably, while cutting pollution in the region.

With any luck, this might encourage other territories and countries to consider investing in clean energy sources, as this is likely to provide at least some useful power before the electrical grids are repaired. Here's hoping the relief efforts for Puerto Rico continue, and that more hospitals are able to benefit from it.
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