Sydney/San Francisco — The government of storm-battered Puerto Rico has taken to Twitter to engage Tesla’s Elon Musk to help with solving the island’s energy woes. "Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies?" Ricardo Rossello, Puerto Rico’s governor, tweeted on Thursday to Musk. "PR could be that flagship project." Musk replied on Friday that he "would be happy to talk". Rossello told reporters he expects to have a conversation with the Tesla CEO and said Puerto Rico needs to consider meeting its energy needs with more environmentally friendly technology. Tesla is among the US companies sending rooftop panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90% of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The storms knocked out power to millions of utility customers who depend largely on fossil-fuel plants and long-distance transmission lines for service. Some in Puerto Rico may be in the dark for ...

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