TA’U, YA­HOO!

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Af­ter ac­quir­ing So­larCity, Tesla an­nounced it would power the en­tire is­land of Ta’u in Amer­i­can Samoa us­ing so­lar en­ergy. The com­pany set up a mi­cro­grid of 5,328 so­lar pan­els and 60 bat­ter­ies, enough to nearly ful­fil the elec­tric­ity needs of the 600 res­i­dents. The grid has the ca­pac­ity to sup­ply the is­land with power for three sun­less days and recharge in seven hours — a mas­sive re­duc­tion in the car­bon foot­print of the is­lan­ders, who pre­vi­ously used 414,457 litres of diesel each year to gen­er­ate power.

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