A children's hospital in Puerto Rico is one of Tesla's primary focuses at this point.
Tesla Tweeted out the first photos of its ongoing solar and battery installations in Puerto Rico.
We reported just after the devastation caused by Hurrican Maria that Tesla was donating and sending Powerwalls to Puerto Rico, as well as dispatching workers from the company to help in the efforts. Later, CEO Elon Musk spoke about working with local officials to begin plans for long-term solutions for the island.
Apparently, Tesla is already underway in areas of Puerto Rico that need it most. The company shared the first photos of work at a children's hospital in San Juan. It's the first of many such projects that are now going live.
— Tesla (@Tesla) October 24, 2017
We haven't heard anything further about Tesla's proposal of a monumental solar/battery project to get the island off the grid and prepare for the future. Though Musk said that it's surely doable, it will take a great deal of time and money to restore power to even a portion of Puerto Rico. In the meantime, focusing on smaller, more immediate projects like this children's hospital, is surely a step in the right direction.
About 85 percent of the U.S. territory is still without power, and supplies are limited. It may be six months or more before the island begins to see notable progress.