Tesla deployed over 300 powerwalls in Hawaiian schools to cool hot classrooms
As part of a government initiative, Tesla deployed over 300 powerwalls in schools to cool hot classrooms in Hawaii.
Hawaii has a problem with hot temperatures in public classrooms that negatively impacts students. The problem was so severe that the Hawaii Department of Education had to intervene.
They put together a $ 100 million fund that has already helped cool 1,190 classrooms. According to information, contracts have been signed for more than 1,300 classrooms The garden island.
To roll out the program without significantly increasing energy bills for public schools, they partnered with Tesla to couple powerwalls to solar energy and reduce the impact of running air conditioning in classrooms across the state.
This also led to an interesting learning opportunity for students on renewable energies and energy storage.
Tesla produced the following video about it:
It’s definitely a good use of energy storage, although I find the actual setup shown in the video and pictured above especially weird.
Tesla seems to have put 12 powerwalls in one place.
That is over 150 kWh of energy capacity. In the past, Tesla has used single power pack systems instead of home batteries A single Tesla Powerpack battery that saved an Australian city over $ 1.5 million in utility costs.
Anyway, it seems to be doing its job.
Hawaii has some of the highest electricity prices in the country, which is why they have invested heavily in solar energy. The state also has several initiatives to combine renewable energy generation with energy storage.
Tesla is actively involved in several of these initiatives – most notably with his 52 MWh Tesla Powerpack installation and 13 MW solar park in Kauaʻi.
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