Will Tesla’s power initiatives in Puerto Rico change energy laws?

With Tesla’s employees working around the clock ensuring the company aids Puerto Rico in the restoration of power, a question has arisen. Is Tesla going to try to take over its grid?

As soon as it was safe to start sending aid to Puerto Rico, after both Hurricane Irma and Maria, Tesla delivered several hundred Powerwall Systems, standalone power banks, and employees for installation. But what does this mean for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)? PREPA is a government-owned electric company and the sole distributor of which serves the entire island. Will PREPA’s attorneys fight for the removal of these Powerwall systems?

PREPA, who just filed for bankruptcy on July 2, 2017, was already struggling. Now, with Tesla on the island, is the world watching to see if Tesla recreates the microgrid in Ta’u, located in American Samoa, which covers almost 100 percent of its electricity needs? Because all of Puerto Rico lost power, it may be the perfect plan. Could this be the perfect plan to influence how the United States views solar power?

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Jaliz Maldonado

Jaliz Maldonado

Operations Manager at PracticePanther
Jaliz Maldonado is an eight-year Army Veteran and is currently in graduate school at the University of Miami where she is studying for her MBA. When she's not working at PracticePanther as the Operations Manager or studying, she's typically painting, reading, binge-watching Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, or some World War II documentary. Because PracticePanther is based out of Miami, FL., she remains indoors where the AC averages at about 70 degrees. You can connect with Jaliz on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/jalizmaldonado/ or on twitter @jalizmaldonado.