Danielle Muoio published an article in collaboration with Business Insider and the World Economic Forum reporting on solar energy. In that, it has been reported that the Hawaiian island is instituting about 55,000 solar panels to power itself.
“Tesla officially unveiled the project Wednesday 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 project.”
Tesla, the solar power company, will be providing solar panels in addition to “giant battery packs” to a small Hawaiian island called Kauai. This was officially unveiled as a project, recently. The farm is expected to be composed of 54,968 solar panels with a mega wattage capacity of 13 in terms of solar generation capacity.
Tesla installed 272 large commercial batteries called the Powerpack 2 for the storage of the solar energy for use in the night. Fossil fuel use is expected to decrease by as much as 1.6 million gallons per annum based on estimates from Tesla.
“KIUC signed a contract with Tesla to purchase 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity for $.139 over a 20-year time frame,” Muoio said, “Before Tesla acquired SolarCity, the two companies agreed in February, 2016 to use Tesla’s 52 MWh Powerpack to bring 20 years of power to Kaua’i, so this project has been in the works for quite a bit.”
The solar system for the island will come in phases. It should be noted that SolarCity and Tesla were separate companies as of October, 2016, but were merged into one. In that, Tesla acquired solar city in November 2016.
“Tesla is also powering nearly the entire island of Ta’u in American Samoa with solar power and its Powerpacks.”