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People know that Hawaii is a tropical paradise that has a rich culture and natural beauty coming out of its metaphorical backside. However, being an isolated island chain that is located in the South Pacific, it has various problems in terms of generating energy.
93.7 percent of the energy that is generated in Hawaii comes from nonrenewable resources including coal and petroleum which means that power is not cheap on the island. The knock-on impact is that cooling public spaces such as schools is not necessarily something that the local government can afford.
That is a problem for the kids in school. Not only is the average temperature that is recorded in Hawaii more than 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but it also humid as all hell, which makes learning from school hard for the children. To combat this, and make sure that the next generation of people in Hawaii are as smart as the world requires them to be, the governor of Hawaii dared Tesla to come up with a solution to cool 1,000 classrooms without raising the energy usage by the schools.
Well, if you think that Elon Musk is going to be given a challenge like that and not react, you better think again.
With the use of its Powerwall technology, Tesla was able to install around 300 batteries and a series of solar panels into the schools in Hawaii and arranged them to run high-efficiency air conditioner units to help in keeping the kids from melting into ice puddles.
This is not the first time that Tesla and Musk have thrown in their lot with the people. After a hurricane devastated Puerto Rico, Musk talked to the government there about donating Powerwalls to help in getting the power grid reestablished. Musk also donated solar panels to 150 low-income households in the United States. He also trained volunteers for the GRID Alternatives charity to help in preparing people for work in the burgeoning solar industry.