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Elon Musk says Tesla can rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid, if given the chance

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posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:36 PM
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Mr. Musk wants Aricibo. The best way to get it is to make a trade for the property for some energy set ups and local employment. He may not get any funds returned from the energy system, but getting Aricibo will be a huge payment.




posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:44 PM
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originally posted by: neo96
And just how dependable is solar power during a freggin hurricane ?

Good Hell.

Didn't matter either way.

Everything was pretty much destroyed.

Even a multi billion dollar Tesla system would have been.


Not the way he builds them. In concrete with battery banks and wiring underground. Hurricane proof.



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:49 PM
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a reply to: neo96


To state the obvious.

A stand by generator and a few hundred gallon propane tank is still cheaper than what Tesla is selling for mass consumption.

People can even build their own storage banks too.


People *can* build anything but most people aren't and shouldn't be constructing propane storage tanks. I think the obvious thing that you're missing here is that you can't put propane panels on your roof and fill your propane tank with free propane radiating from the sky.



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:50 PM
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a reply to: charlyv

Solar panels aren't.

Good hell.

Speaking off buring power lines is ALL power companies have to do.



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:51 PM
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a reply to: Curling1

That is a real interesting point. Aricibo, while still viable for SETI and deep space radio astronomy, is losing technical ground to the massive parallel arrays in the deserts. It also could be a WIN WIN for the facility itself.
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posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:52 PM
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a reply to: theantediluvian




People *can* build anything but most people aren't and shouldn't be constructing propane storage tanks.


Where the EFF did you get that at ?

Storage bank = propane tank ?




I think the obvious thing that you're missing here is that you can't put propane panels on your roof and fill your propane tank with free propane radiating from the sky.


That post is a complete EPIC FAIL.



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:54 PM
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originally posted by: neo96
a reply to: charlyv

Solar panels aren't.

Good hell.

Speaking off buring power lines is ALL power companies have to do.



It is more than that. Maintainability. Solar cells are easy to replace. Transformers, grids, battery arrays and wiring are not.



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:54 PM
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posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:54 PM
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posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 05:55 PM
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It is more than that. Maintainability. Solar cells are easy to replace. Transformers, grids, battery arrays and wiring are not.


At cost to the company not the end user.



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 06:00 PM
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a reply to: neo96

I thinks some kind of business arrangement could be made to spread the cost.
The key is to get people back in power and online quickly without causing them further distress.



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 06:00 PM
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a reply to: charlyv

They obviously need the power grid, how many tax dollars does Musk want to do it?



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 06:02 PM
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If he can rebuild the PR power grid at a lower cost and/or quicker time frame than his more convetuonal energy counter part than let him do it.



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 06:05 PM
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originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: charlyv

They obviously need the power grid, how many tax dollars does Musk want to do it?


I do not know. I would imagine that if approved as a vendor, he would submit a proposal as a contractor that probably involves a lot of other government and private enterprise. It will be interesting.



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 06:06 PM
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Who cares ?

Alternative simply can not beat grid power.

Low upfront costs.

No cleanup costs after storm damage.

STILL cheaper to buy a generator and run propane

For effs sake once a storm hits and power goes down.

They are already on it repairing it.

Compared to the significant financial burden of alternative.

That is even with the corporate welfare subsidies going to green companies.

Then the repair costs shifts to the end user.

Then having to wait hours for sun light to recharge those batteries.

There's a reason grid power has been king for so long.


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posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 06:07 PM
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It would probably be similar to what Tesla has done on Kauai, but on a larger scale. There, Tesla is selling power to the local electrical coop.

KIUC didn’t purchase the solar panels and battery system from Tesla outright. Instead, the utility contracted with Tesla to purchase electricity. There’s a 20-year contract in place to buy the solar-generated power for 13.9 cents per kilowatt hour — in effect, Tesla is now in the power generation business.

www.theverge.com...



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 06:08 PM
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Alternative simply can not beat grid power.
You have presented a false dichotomy.
Alternative can be used on the grid. PV is well suited to locations in the tropics.
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posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 06:12 PM
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Right because everyone lives near the tropics.

I forgot.

The false dichotomy are those pushing alternative energy as a solution to energy demands.

One of the biggest failures is exactly what happened in PR.

Mother nature is a SNIP.



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 06:15 PM
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a reply to: neo96




Right because everyone lives near the tropics.

Do you know the latitude of Puerto Rico?



posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 06:16 PM
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a reply to: Phage

Do you know what happens in a hurricane ?

bye bye solar panels.



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