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Tesla powers an entire island in the South Pacific with Solar Grid

First Posted: Nov 28, 2016 12:18 PM EST
A customer inspects a Tesla Motors Inc. Powerwall unit inside a home in Monkton, Vermont, U.S., on Monday, May 2, 2016

Photo : Photographer: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The remote South Pacific territory of American Samoa has received a new phase of life. Life in most remote areas is challenging  in ways we rarely think on the main island. And, one of the most challenging thing people in the remote areas is power generation.

The Island of Ta'u of the Samoan islands historically relied on generators for power, and its has been a pain for them trying to import fuel. Miraculously, Telsa has given the villages enough renewable power to meet nearly 100% of their needs.

It was after the electric car manufacturer Tesla announced its multi-billion dollar acquisition of Solar City, it used the combined technologies and give Samoa a solar future from fossil fuels.

In Telsa's blog post, resident Keith Ahsoon, whose family owns one of the food stores on the island said, "I recall a time they weren't able to get the boat out here for two months," as reported by ExtremeTech.

The island will now be provided with a new 1.4MW microgrid that will supply power to virtually the entire island, with 6MWh of storage battery back up. The microgrid can handle overnight needs for the whole island.

Newstalk said, for years more than 6,500km off the US Coast powering rationing and outages have been a routine part of island life for the local population.

The following agencies finance the deployment of solar power: the American Samoa Economic Development Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Interior. The entire project will expectedly save an estimated 109,500 gallons of diesel fuel per year.

With such solar farm technologies, conventional and fossil fuels will hopefully fall short in use. Another example of this is tidal power generation already utilized in some locations. Continued use of such technology would surely help save the environment and urge people to resort to sustainable forms of energy generation.

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