Today Tesla announced that they had completed their acquisition of SolarCity, in celebration of which, they decided to show what they could do with this acquisition by powering the entirety of the island of Ta’u in American Samoa with solar generation.
Previously, the island relied completely on diesel generators, to fix that, Tesla worked with SoarCity to install a grid of 5,328 solar energy panels and batteries to supply nearly 100 percent of the power that Ta’u and its 600 residents need.
This was all funded by American Samoan and US authorities, offsetting the more than 109,500 gallons of diesel that the island previously used.
With this new system, the island can remain fully powered for a total of three days without sunlight, with the capability of recharging its capacity completely in just seven hours.
It’s pretty exciting news and shows just how much solar energy can do to help us become a more eco-friendly planet.
Check it out via the video below.