Tesla microgrid powers American Samoa island

on November 26, 2016

SeeNewsNovember 24 (SeeNews) – The island of Ta’u in American Samoa can now meet almost 100% of its power needs with renewable energy thanks to a solar power and battery storage-enabled microgrid from SolarCity and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), which just closed the buy of the solar installer.   

The microgrid features 1.4 MW of solar generation capacity and 6 MWh of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks. It replaces diesel generators, providing cost savings and energy independence for Ta’u’s almost 600 residents.  

The project was funded by the American Samoa Economic Development Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Interior (DoI), according to a SolarCity blog post this week. It is operated by American Samoa Power Authority.

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