Ta’u, a small island in American Samoa that’s inhabited by 600 people, has been upgraded from diesel fuel to solar power. A SolarCity/Tesla initiative is now supplying “nearly 100 percent” of the island’s energy needs, significantly reducing its use of diesel, which had to be shipped in.
A microgrid consisting of 5,328 solar panels and 60 Tesla Powerpacks are providing the island with its energy. Just 7 hours of sunlight will recharge the setup, which can then provide energy for up to 3 days without sun.
Factoring in the escalating cost of fuel, along with transporting such mass quantities to the small island, the financial impact is substantial,
American Samoan and US authorities funded the project.