Hurricane Maria didn’t make impact in the continental United States, but Puerto Rico saw a direct hit from the intense Category 4 hurricane. Over 3.4 million Americans are struggling to get life back together with limited water and electricity. Tesla, who has a knack for helping areas in need, is sending batteries for energy storage to the island territory, helping in the ongoing recovery efforts.
The electric car company is sending hundreds of Powerall battery systems to be paired up with solar panels. Powerwalls are home-based batteries that can store energy gathered up from the sun’s rays. It provides an around-the-clock energy source in further efforts to get off the electrical grid. They also can help immensely in disaster situations such as this.
For Puerto Rico, there’s a tremendous shortage in electricity. According to Vox, only generators are operating to keep hospitals and high-priority buildings running. The hurricane, which is compared to a 50-mile wide tornado, took down 80 percent of power transmission lines. Over one third of Puerto Rico’s population doesn’t have access to power, and generators are beginning to run dry with fuel shortages.