Ta’u is a remote island thousands of miles off the west side of USA in American Samoa. There are almost 600 inhabitants who have relied on boats delivering over 100,000 gallons of diesel each year to be used in generators to provide electricity.
Well, you may be interested to read that the island has recently had solar panels installed on the island by SolarCity with Tesla providing 60 powerpacks to store the energy to be used by both domestic households and businesses. The solar photovoltaic panels will provide solar capacity of 1.4 megawatts that is almost enough to provide power for the whole of the island. These powerpacks are capable of storing a lot of energy that means that it can be used throughout the night thus providing energy 24/7.
This will mean that the islanders will no longer be dependent upon the weather being good enough to allow boats to drop off diesel on the island. Presumably, residents will welcome not having to worry about not having enough electricity available to use in the future to power various things.
There are probably many other remote islands around the world that may benefit from having the likes of a solar farm located on them. There is also the benefit of lower carbon emissions when compared with having to provide power by generators fuelled by diesel.
It was no doubt a complex project especially having to transport all the solar panels and powerpacks by sea as well as bring in staff to do the work that took quite some time to complete.
The above is just one of many interesting solar power projects that we have made reference to over the years. Of course, we will continue to keep our readers up to date with any other similar solar panel developments both here in the UK and the rest of the world.