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    Price gouging in Puerto Rico ( who didn't see that coming? )

    $12,000 to install a PowerWall that should cost between $6,000 - $8000 installed.
    I do not see any Solar Panels on the Sales Order, so just "battery backup" when the grid is down?

    Elon Musk states, "Tesla always charges the same price for a PowerWall"

    https://electrek.co/2017/10/06/tesla...g-puerto-rico/

    Elon Musk and Puerto Rico Governor to talk today about ways for Tesla Energy to rebuild destroyed grid
    https://electrek.co/2017/10/06/elon-...ed-power-grid/

    But really, their Grid was severely neglected for many years, long before these hurricanes arrived.
    Last edited by NEOH; 10-12-2017, 11:15 AM.

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    Originally posted by NEOH View Post
    Price gouging in Puerto Rico ( who didn't see that coming? )

    $12,000 to install a PowerWall that should cost between $6,000 - $8000 installed.
    I do not see any Solar Panels on the Sales Order, so just "battery backup" when the grid is down?

    Elon Musk states, "Tesla always charges the same price for a PowerWall"

    https://electrek.co/2017/10/06/tesla...g-puerto-rico/

    Elon Musk and Puerto Rico Governor to talk today about ways for Tesla Energy to rebuild destroyed grid
    https://electrek.co/2017/10/06/elon-...ed-power-grid/

    But really, their Grid was severely neglected for many years, long before these hurricanes arrived.
    I thought Tesla was going to donate both panels and batteries to Puerto Rico. I guess that is just an advertising stunt to get attention while they charge that poor county an arm and a leg to use his stuff.

    What I did see in another article was that the system being provided was going to cost somewhere around $250 million yet only provide power for about 15,000 homes when there are over 1,000,000 homes on that island. That 15,000 homes is not going to put much of a dent into the power loss.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SunEagle View Post

      I thought Tesla was going to donate both panels and batteries to Puerto Rico. I guess that is just an advertising stunt to get attention while they charge that poor county an arm and a leg to use his stuff.

      What I did see in another article was that the system being provided was going to cost somewhere around $250 million yet only provide power for about 15,000 homes when there are over 1,000,000 homes on that island. That 15,000 homes is not going to put much of a dent into the power loss.
      I have read ...
      Elon Musk has personally donated a 1/4 Million Dollars.
      Tesla is shipping PowerWalls to families that have working or repairable Solar Arrays = off-grid AC power.
      They did not say whether the Powerwalls were being donated or sold.

      If they had that Direct Drive (No Battery Required) Refrigerator + 2 PV Panels, their life would be much better.
      It would be very difficult for me to live 30 days without any refrigeration.
      The government and the electric company have completely failed to maintain their Electric Grid.
      Now, 85% of the people demand that their AC Power be restored within 30 days - not going to happen.
      Most of the population was either unaware, procrastinated or are too poor to prepare to be self-sufficient.
      Worst case scenario is four (4) more months, March 1st, until the last person gets AC Power restored.
      Last edited by NEOH; 10-13-2017, 09:45 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by NEOH View Post

        I have read ...
        Elon Musk has personally donated a 1/4 Million Dollars.
        Tesla is shipping PowerWalls to families that have working or repairable Solar Arrays = off-grid AC power.
        They did not say whether the Powerwalls were being donated or sold.

        If they had that Direct Drive (No Battery Required) Refrigerator + 2 PV Panels, their life would be much better.
        It would be very difficult for me to live 30 days without any refrigeration.
        The government and the electric company have completely failed to maintain their Electric Grid.
        Now, 85% of the people demand that their AC Power be restored within 30 days - not going to happen.
        Most of the population was either unaware, procrastinated or are too poor to prepare to be self-sufficient.
        Worst case scenario is four (4) more months, March 1st, until the last person gets AC Power restored.
        It does look bad for the people of Puerto Rico. I hope the solar and batteries help out those that really need it but my guess is that equipment will probably go to the richer side and not the poor.

        Sad to say but the local government and POCO did not do enough to prevent this catastrophe even though the odds were high that there will eventually be a hurricane like Maria.

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