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Tesla brings clean energy to Samoa

Elon Musk has shared a video documenting Tesla's progress in bringing solar energy to Samoa.

Samoa is the first Pacific country to undertake such a project, which has combined renewable sources like solar with a battery storage system to provide a constant source of power.

The $8.8 million project consists of 10,000 units of battery storage totalling eight megawatts each at Fiaga Power Station, plus a further 3,400 units of two-megawatt packs at Faleolo International Airport. Prime minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi told the Samoan Observer this week that “without the new battery energy storage systems and micro grid controller, the system will not be able to operate efficiently with such a high percentage of solar penetration in Samoa of 55 percent.”

Samoa took 48 percent of its energy from renewables between July 2017 and June 2018, with the other 52 percent coming from diesel. The goal is to switch to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2025.

Watch the video and read the full story here.

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