More Tesla Batteries Plug Into Hurricane-Wrecked Puerto Rico

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A Tesla Powerwall unit inside a home in Monkton, Vermont.

Photographer: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/Bloomberg

Two months after Puerto Rico’s governor took to Twitter and challenged Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk to “show the world the power and scalability” of his batteries, the U.S. territory announced that six of the company’s energy storage systems have been installed on the islands of Vieques and Culebra.

The Powerwall units have been paired with solar to supply electricity to homes and businesses that were plunged into darkness after Hurricane Maria tore through the region almost three months ago, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said in an emailed statement Tuesday. Virtually the entire island lost service after the storm devastated its power grid. Tesla, which now has seven Powerwall systems in the territory, installed the latest packs as “a humanitarian effort,” the governor’s office said.

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