Almost 100 per cent of the power needs of a remote Pacific island in American Samoa are now being met by renewables after the installation of a solar farm and battery storage facility by clean tech firm Tesla. Located more than 4,000 miles off the West Coast of the USA, Ta’u’s 600 residents had previously relied on boats to deliver all the island’s food and energy needs, including diesel fuel for electricity generators – a situation that posed potential power intermittency problems. However, over the past year Tesla and its newly-acquired sister firm SolarCity installed a solar powered and battery storage-enabled microgrid, which the companies said this week could provide a cost-saving alternative to diesel and remove the issue of power intermittency and outages.
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