HBO’s Vice Focuses On Tesla Energy – Video



A recent edition of HBO’s VICE News ran an energy segment focusing on Tesla’s new solar energy plant in Hawaii.

*The Tesla Energy segment begins around the 19:15 mark.

Hawaii is one of the most expensive energy markets in the United States, and the state’s governor, David Ige, is tackling the problem head on. Currently, Hawaii still relies on fossil fuels (which are 100 percent imported) to cover about 90 percent of its energy needs. But the state starting working toward changing this years ago. Ige said:


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“We believe that a future based on clean energy would certainly be brighter than one built on fossil fuels.”

Importing billions of dollar in energy each year means that consumer pay upwards of $600 a month for their energy needs. Hawaii aims to make 100 percent of its energy locally by 2045, all in the form of renewables. It’s a substantial investment for Hawaii, and it will take many years to see the cost savings, but it makes sense due to the state’s situation. JB Straubel told VICE News (via Teslarati):

 “There’s a lot of existing investments in big utilities and that is one of the challenges with changing things quickly is that people have made large investments that need to be recovered for many, many years.”

“Hawaii is a great example of having an abundance of solar power and also, having fairly dirty existing electricity generation. So we can come in and economically substitute out oil burning generators with solar power.”

One of the most substantial steps thus far is the island state’s installation of a massive solar energy plant on Kauai. Tesla installed a similar system on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa, as well as Ocracoke Island, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Tesla is also seeking other opportunities in Hawaii, Australia, and similar geographic regions. However, Governor Ige did say that Hawaii is aiming to split its energy investments between various companies, and has no plans to rely solely on Tesla.

The Kauai plant uses a 13 megawatt solar farm, paired with a 52-megawatt-hour Tesla Powerpack 2 system.

Video Description via VICE News on YouTube:

This is the June 5, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

VICE News reports on Hawaii’s ambitious goals for energy independence, and how Tesla’s new solar facility fits into those plans. Russia’s radioactive past is still haunting its citizens and an interview with legendary former attorney F. Lee Bailey about the Bill Cosby case.

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HI will probably be the first US state to be 100% renewable. Yes, they do focus on solar but they also have lots of wind potential and geothermal on at least 2 of the main islands.

By that I guess you mean small-scale renewable?

Because hydroelectric is still the biggest renewable source. And I have to imagine if you count that the Pacific Northwest holds an enormous advantage. Idaho’s electricity is already 100% renewable-produced. I don’t know about energy imports for them though.

California is far ahead of Hawaii in the elimination of fossil fuels, and the use of renewables. I’m amazed that Hawaii is still at 90% fossil use when it is so obscenely expensive to import.

Too provide some stats, last year California received about 32% of its power from renewables, not including hydro. Hydro adds another 20% to the mix.

Does Hawaii even have legislative mandated goals for renewable energy use?

That was one day out of 365. Don’t get me wrong, i’m a big solar fan but getting the last 20% for a state with an economy as big as CA has will be very hard. I bet nat gas will be with us for a long time to fill up that top gap.

Percent of its electricity, not energy. Big difference.

Those numbers do not agree with the california energy website for 2015. About 20% total from all renewables.

@unplugged – can you share the website where you got your information?

It was just one day. That won’t be the case year round.

Also note that 2015 is a long time ago. There is a lot more solar and wind now. And 2015 was a drought year while 2017 had record rains. Hydroelectric, which is a big part of the total renewable picture, will be much, much higher this year.

From your source, note how California produced 4x as much hydroelectricity in 2011 as 2015? Expect 2017 figures to match 2011s or top them. That would add 3x as much clean energy generation as doubling solar PV installs would.

Here’s the data for the day in question:

Small renewables accounted for nearly half of the day’s production. Large hydro would have been huge that day too with the rivers running like crazy. It’s possible the figures indicated are correct.

They’re spending billions a year on fossil fuels and yet it will take another 30 years to switch over.


Now that the US is awash in cheap oil and natural gas its only a matter of time before LNG and combined cycle generation produces power in HI at half what it costs now with oil and low efficiency generation. On the mainland power from new gas fueled generating plants costs under 5 cents/kWh which is a fraction of what HI has been putting up with.

Same bs, different day.
Oil and gas have been cheap for almost 2 years no yet the HI electricity prices keep increasing. It’s time to pull the plug on Big Oil!

Hawaii’s electricity prices are well off their peak, largely due to the drop in oil. Solar is a much better choice for Hawaii, though.

If you have to ship oil or LNG to HI than solar and wind will be cheaper.


My fellow humans we have breached 410 ppm CO2, give yourselves a pat on the back and get ready for a s****torm lol

Solar-wind-pumped hydro -seems- like a godsend for every island nation, easily scaled up as results (positive) are realized against high initial costs but Long lifespans.

fingers crossed, go Hawaii and every other island! (gotta pursue long-term think, not easy these days).

Pumped hydro seems unlikely for HI. It’s 100% volcanic and the rock is very porous. No where to realistically store the pumped water.

The pools used for pumped hydro are sealed so you don’t lose much water to infiltration. That is not the big issue, the big issue is in HI environmental conservation takes top priority so people usually opose projects that scar the natural beauty of the landscape.

Putting solar on roofs is one thing,
But, putting up a solar system on a new roof deck, why isn’t that offered too?