The island of Kauai will harness the power of the sun (and Tesla’s solar power grid) to provide solar energy and reduce fossil fuel use by approximately 1.6 million gallons per year.
Tesla, partnering with the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and David Ige, governor of Hawaii, plans to install 54,978 solar panels with 13 megawatts of solar generation capacity on the island of Kauai. Tesla has already installed 272 of its large commercial battery, Powerpack 2, to store solar energy for nighttime use.
The utility will not own the storage facility and the solar panels; Tesla does. Tesla has contracted to provide power to Kauai for 20 years at 13.9 cents per kilowatt-hour, making Tesla a power provider, not merely a battery storage company, a new role for Tesla.
Known as the garden island, Kauai is home to 71,735 people and increasing at a rate of three people per day. Located only 1,465 miles from the equator, Hawaii can boast 56 sunny days a year and 184 partially sunny days for a total of 240 days with sun. Even in the dead of winter, it receives 11 hours of daylight. All that sun brings eager visitors.
“People come here first as visitors,” said realtor Phil Fudge. “They come here and think, Oh my gosh. This might be a great place to stay or visit. Then they get a condo and decide they may come back retire here. Others figure they can work and do everything on the Internet.”
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