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MSUmtowndawg
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Jackson, MS
Member since Sep 2010
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re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
Solar kWh cost is not there, without tax credits its not even close. And the acreage needed will turn most folks off that would want it to begin with. There wouldn't be enough land on the island to have anything substantial. the panels themselves are made of highly toxic material.

In the SE, if it doesn't rain enough to clean the dust/pollen/bird poop off the efficiency drops tremendously. If they are fixed panels, they produce even less. Places with higher cloud cover drop more. in a bank of 10 panels, if one cracks the whole bank is lowered to that efficiency. Lots of other factors make them not viable.

Truthfully, Nuclear is the safest, most environmentally friendly, and cheapest for the life of the plant. But it has the negative stigma and the fossil industry pushes that.

EE in the utility business.


alphaandomega
Alabama Fan
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Member since Aug 2012
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re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
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Wind and solar seem like a good option for an island.


I bet a hurricane would get that windmill spinning. Probably get those batteries fully charged...


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Ancient Astronaut
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re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
He’s so full of himself


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Bjorn Cyborg
Member since Sep 2016
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re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
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Sunbeam


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Solar however is a game changer.


Checks out.


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AUstar
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Member since Dec 2012
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re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
Nuclear fission is indeed the safest and produces no c02. But nuclear fusion is the holy Grail that I don't think is too many decades away. It's safer than fission because it has no real waste.

We should put all our eggs in the fusion basket and stop wasting time with wind and solar.


bobby_3_sticks
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2017
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re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
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We should put all our eggs in the fusion basket and stop wasting time with wind and solar.


That is too risky. The best strategy is to look at multiple options and let the market decide which is best.

There isn't one clear answer. I think nuclear deserves a lot more attention but america does nuclear completely wrong.


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The Maj
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re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
I really haven't been following it but is the problem with power in PR on the production or distribution side?


Taxing Authority
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Houston
Member since Feb 2010
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re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
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Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
Tesla can’t even deliver their cars on time. Or their roof solar panels.


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roadGator
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re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
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I really haven't been following it but is the problem with power in PR on the production or distribution side?


Yes


Janky
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Member since Jun 2011
19284 posts

re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
How does PR feel about having 12% of the promised output by the time stated?


Janky
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Team Primo
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re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
For some real fun move this thread to the OT and watch the fanboys go crazy.


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KiwiHead
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Auckland, NZ
Member since Jul 2014
4576 posts

re: Elon Musk: Tesla can build power grid for Puerto Rico
He meant it when he said it.....he thinks he can and because he's Elon Musk, he must be able to.......let him have it!!!!!


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