Tesla will power the Hawaiian island of Kauai with solar panels and its huge battery packs.
Tesla officially unveiled the undertaking Wednesday early morning in Kauai following opening remarks by CTO JB Straubel and David Ige, governor of Hawaii. Tesla partnered with the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to launch the undertaking.
The solar farm is composed of fifty four,978 solar panels with 13 megawatts of solar era capability. Tesla has also installed 272 of its significant professional battery, Powerpack two, to retailer the solar power to use at evening.
The undertaking is anticipated to reduce fossil gas use by approximately one.six million gallons for every 12 months, Tesla estimates. Tesla will commence turning on the significant solar process in phases.
Tesla is diving into solar power next its acquisition of SolarCity previous November. Tesla is also powering just about the overall island of Ta’u in American Samoa with solar ability and its Powerpacks.
KIUC signed a deal with Tesla to invest in one kilowatt-hour of electrical energy for $.139 about a 20-12 months time frame.
Before Tesla acquired SolarCity, the two organizations agreed in February 2016 to use Tesla’s fifty two MWh Powerpack to provide 20 several years of ability to Kaua’i, so this undertaking has been in the functions for quite a little bit.