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Tesla Ensures Power Back On at Puerto Rican Children’s Hospital

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The power is back on at Puerto Rico’s San Juan’s Hospital del Niño, thanks to Tesla. The company installed solar panels and batteries to restore electricity at the Children’s Hospital after it had been damaged by two hurricanes in September. Millions of people in Puerto Rico still must rely on generators for electricity.

Tesla’s Elon Musk notes the project at the hospital is the “first of many” the company plans to do in Puerto Rico. Musk had reached out to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello to offer assistance. That “great initial conversation” led to the two “exploring opportunities.” That included Tesla shifting some other battery production projects to lend a hand.

The solar array is installed in a parking lot next to the hospital, and the new system generates all the energy needed for now. So far, the project has been a donation, and after the energy crisis has passed there’s a possibility of striking a permanent deal.

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is also lending a hand by deploying balloons to help reconnect the island’s phone service.

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