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Published on October 6th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan


Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello Tweets To Elon Musk For Help, Elon Sends Troops (#ElonTweets)

October 6th, 2017 by  

The upside of Twitter showed in an exchange between Ricardo Rossello, the governor of Puerto Rico, and real-world Tony Stark Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Governor Rossello was seemingly sending a desperate plea of help to someone who gets turned to for that more and more. He was reaching out specifically about support rebuilding the collapsed grid in Puerto Rico. Ever so swiftly, Elon Musk responded positively.

As any CleanTechnica reader must know, the hurricane-stricken island’s best plan for rebuilding the grid should involve solar power and energy storage — two Tesla specialities. Elon hinted that Tesla would be there to help, but the twitter conversation was brief, to the point, and then led to a private phone call.

Here’s the first tweet from Governor Ricardo Rossello, highlighting the possibility of making the recovery a “flagship project” for Tesla. Elon’s succinct responses are below.

It was actually a “normal tweeter’s” initial suggestion that Tesla help that led to the solicitation from Governor Rossello, going by the timeline of tweets:

Tesla had already shipped hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems to be paired with solar panels. The joint systems will help the battered island territory restore electric power. For more background on that, Steve Hanley wrote a great piece here on CleanTechnica discussing some of the opportunities at this time. Indeed, it’s the silver lining in the dark hurricane clouds.

Interestingly (and somewhat shockingly, even after covering Elon Musk’s atypical and altruistic priorities so many times), he and the company are prioritizing Puerto Rico support to such an extent (as well as getting the Tesla Model 3 out of production hell) that the Tesla Semi reveal is being pushed back from October to November.

His mother must be proud.

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Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)

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