Solar Energy Station to Power
March 10, 2017
One of Hawaii's islands may soon be powered by solar energy, at least
during the night.
In the biggest project since it acquired the solar cell giant SolarCity,
the Tesla company will build a 13-megawatt solar farm on the island of
Kauai, covering more than 44 acres (18 hectares). The solar cells will
charge a 53-megawatt hour battery station able to provide most of the
island's power at night.
batteries, called Powerpacks, will be built by Tesla's new Gigafactory.
Right now, Kauai residents are paying very high prices for energy, so
the plan is to gradually transition to renewable sources, including wind
Kauai plans to generate 70 percent of its power from renewable sources
by 2030 and to completely wean itself from fossil-generated electricity
Tesla says that once it's in full production, the Kauai solar energy
plant will lower the fossil fuel burn by over 6,000 metric tons a year.
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