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Tesla installs solar panels in Puerto Rico

Tesla have installed their first solar panels in Puerto Rico.

The Caribbean island was devastated by Hurricane Maria and now the automaker and solar panel manufacturer have helped to start to restore electricity to Hospital del Niño by putting their solar cells and Powerpack commercial energy storage batteries in situ.

They wrote on Twitter: "Hospital del Niño is first of many solar+storage projects going live. Grateful to support the recovery of Puerto Rico with @ricardorossello (sic)"

It comes after Tesla's CEO Elon Musk was asked by the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, if he wanted "to show the world the power and scalability of your Tesla technologies" and use Puerto Rico as that "flagship project".

Elon shared on Twitter: "The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too. Such a decision would be in the hands of the PR govt, PUC, any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of PR. (sic)"

And Rossello responded, calling for talks to begin.

He shared: "Let's talk. Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies? PR could be that flagship project ... Great initial conversation with @elonmusk tonight. Teams are now talking; exploring opportunities. Next steps soon to follow. (sic)"

Prior to this, Tesla sent hundreds of their Powerwall battery systems to Puerto Rico, where they worked with locals to find the best place to install these in a bid to bring power back to the island following the natural disaster.

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