Thanks to people like Elon Musk it’s not really possible to forget about solar power. Because every now and then, his name comes up. Whether it’s tied to his position as CEO of Tesla, or one of his revolutionary ideas, Elon Musk seems to be everywhere.
What’s Elon Musk up to now?
The highly successful South African entrepreneur has unveiled the biggest project for him and his company to date. They’ll be powering an Hawaiian island, Kauai, all day and all tonight through renewable energy. Which type of renewable energy will they be using? Solar power of course.
This solar farm consists of approximately 54,978 panels, which is enough to produce about 13 megawatts of power. This is more than enough to keep the island going the whole day.
What About Night Time?
Keeping in mind that Musk is the leader of a lithium battery company, it’s not much of a problem keeping the lights on at night. By using 272 Powerpacks, up to 52 megawatt-hours of energy can be stored for later use. When it comes to batteries, Tesla is a big name in the game, if not the biggest. Their storage systems are revolutionary, even if they do cost a little more than typical batteries.
The Big Deal
Thus far, this is the biggest solar storage project in the world, which aims to reduce fossil fuels with up to 1.6 million gallons per year. Everyone can get on board that this is a massive reduction that can be appreciated by other countries.
The contract has been signed with Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, who has agreed to pay 13.9 cents for every kilowatt hour. In return Tesla will provide clean and green energy 24 hours of the day. Everything forms part of Hawaii’s policy to become completely reliant on renewable energy by the year 2045.
But it’s not going to stop with the massive solar farms, because there’s a possibility that road transport will also have to conform to electric batteries by the same time. In other words, no fossil fuels for cars.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on Musk, you’ll know he took on a similar project in 2016, although it wasn’t nearly as big. The contract was to power the island of Ta’u in American Samoa with a microgrid of solar panels, which came to about 5,328 panels overall. Along with 60 Powerpacks, Tesla says they’ve established a diesel offset of about 400,000lt per year.
For those who aren’t familiar with Mr. Elon Musk, he’s determined to change the world one island at a time. What started as batteries turned into electric cars and complete solar panel roof systems. Now he wants to create as much renewable energy dependency as possible. His quest is to make fossil fuel useless to the world, because there are so many better alternatives.
If Musk keeps on dreaming big, he might just see that dream come true.