A children’s hospital in hurricane-battered Puerto Rico has had its power restored thanks to electric-carmaker Tesla. The Hospital del Nino in San Juan, which has at least 35 critically ill patients, has been in dire need of electricity ever since the US territory’s energy infrastructure was deciminated by Hurricane Maria last month. “Hospital del Nino is first of many solar+storage projects going live. Grateful to support the recovery of Puerto Rico with Ricardo Rossello,” said Tesla, which also sells batteries to consumers to combine with rooftop solar systems.
Telegraph 27th Oct 2017 read more »
The only things certain in this life are death, taxes and the US department of energy’s massive underestimate of renewable energy capacity. Every two years, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), America’s official source for energy statistics, issues 10-year projections about how much solar, wind and conventional energy the future holds for the US. Every two years, since the mid-1990s, the EIA’s projections turn out to be wrong. Last year, they proved spectacularly wrong. The Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, and Statista recently teamed up to analyze the EIA’s predictions for energy usage and production. They found that the EIA’s 10-year estimates between 2006 to 2016 systematically understated the share of wind, solar and gas. Solar capacity, in particular, was a whopping 4,813% more in 2016 than the EIA had predicted in 2006 it would be.
Quartz 19th Oct 2017 read more »