Tesla completed its acquisition of SolarCity on Monday. To mark the occasion, the company announced Tuesday that Ta'u, an island in American Samoa, now gets nearly all of its electricity from its solar panels and batteries.
The 17-square-mile volcanic island's roughly 600 residents previously burned diesel to power the generators that provide electricity to its smattering of villages and a private airport. Now a newly completed 1.4 megawatt solar farm is set to come online and supply nearly 100 percent of Ta'u's electricity. It's backed up by 6 megawatt hours of storage from 60 Tesla Powerpack battery systems.
"Ta'u is not a postcard from the future, it's a snapshot of what is possible right now," the company said in a blog post. "Renewable power is an economical, practical solution for a growing number of locations and energy needs, and islands that have traditionally relied on fossil fuels can easily transition to microgrids powered by solar and storage today."
The company posted a slick video on YouTube detailing the benefits of the project: