SolarCity and Tesla announced they have rolled out a solar power and battery storage-enabled microgrid on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa.
It has 1.4 megawatts of solar generation capacity and 6 megawatt hours of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks, and was implemented within one year.
The system supplies nearly all of the island’s power needs from renewable energy.
This provides a cost-saving alternative to diesel, removing the hazards of power intermittency and making outages a thing of the past, said the companies.
It also reduces the risk of power outages caused by fuel running out, due to the remote location of the island.