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Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico

  • Batteries can be paired with solar panels to help restore grid
  • President Trump warned Thursday that grid is ‘totally shot’
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Tesla Inc. is sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels in an effort to help the battered island territory restore electric power, the company said Thursday. Some of the systems are already there and others are en route.

The equipment is sorely needed, since the island remains largely without electricity more than a week after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20. The company has employees on the ground to install them and is working with local organizations to identify locations.