Tesla Restores Power to Children's Hospital in Puerto Rico in 'First of Many' Solar + Storage Projects
Making good on the promise, Tesla has switched on a combination of its solar panels and Powerpack commercial energy storage batteries for Hospital del Niño, a children's hospital in San Juan. The Puerto Rican capital was hit especially hard by Hurricane Maria.
According to a company tweet sent yesterday, this is the "first of many solar + storage" projects.
Hospital del Niño is first of many solar+storage projects going live. Grateful to support the recovery of Puerto Ri… https://t.co/5ODQC1aUG8— Tesla (@Tesla)1508857232.0
The beauty of such a set-up is that the hospital can generate power when the sun is shining and reserve it for later use when the sun is not out—or, say, to help recover from a weather disaster. Thanks to solar power, a 40-acre plant farm in Barranquitas in central Puerto Rico was able to slowly rebuild.
Cali Nurseries grower Hector Santiago told Reuters that his $300,000 investment on 244 solar panels six years ago allowed him to continue working after the storm.
"Everybody told me I was crazy because it was so expensive. Now I have power and they don't," Santiago said.
It's been more than a month since the Category 4 storm hit the U.S. territory. As of Tuesday, an average of 74 percent of Puerto Rico's electricity has not been restored.
Gov. Rosselló estimated that some areas of the island, which is almost entirely powered by fossil fuels, will not see their electricity restored until Christmas—but some residents worry that restoration efforts might take even longer.
A number of companies have offered to help turn the lights back on, including Montana-based Whitefish Energy that was recently awarded a $300 million contract by Puerto Rico's electricity authority.
Tesla has also been quietly shipping its Powerwall batteries to Puerto Ricans for home use. Musk himself has donated $250,000 of his own money for relief efforts.
Tesla Sends Hundreds of Batteries to Puerto Rico https://t.co/wVTa2rzIsN @BusinessGreen @Ethical_Corp— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch)1506764106.0
By Jake Johnson
Amid reports that oil industry-friendly former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz remains under consideration to return to his old post in the incoming Biden administration, a diverse coalition of environmental groups is mobilizing for an "all-out push" to keep Moniz away from the White House and demand a cabinet willing to boldly confront the corporations responsible for the climate emergency.
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Anger, anxiety, overwhelm … climate change can evoke intense feelings.
"It's easy to feel dwarfed in the context of such a global systemic issue," says psychologist Renée Lertzman.
She says that when people experience these feelings, they often shut down and push information away. So to encourage climate action, she advises not bombarding people with frightening facts.
"When we lead with information, we are actually unwittingly walking right into a situation that is set up to undermine our efforts," she says.
She says if you want to engage people on the topic, take a compassionate approach. Ask people what they know and want to learn. Then have a conversation.
This conversational approach may seem at odds with the urgency of the issue, but Lertzman says it can get results faster.
"When we take a compassion-based approach, we are actively disarming defenses so that people are actually more willing and able to respond and engage quicker," she says. "And we don't have time right now to mess around, and so I do actually come to this topic with a sense of urgency… We do not have time to not take this approach."
Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media
Reposted with permission from Yale Climate Connections.
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