Tesla is among the USA companies sending rooftop panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid.
The conversation began on Thursday when a social media user asked Musk whether his auto, energy and solar panel company could rebuild Puerto Rico's electric grid. SolarCity has already achieved it a few small islands, including the American Samoa island of Ta'u. However, news site Electrek found third-party installers charging as much as $12,000 for the system and installation in Puerto Rico.
Trump earlier suggested that Puerto Rico's debt should be wiped out because of its costs to rebuild, rattling Wall Street and the island's bondholders.
For now, only about 11 percent of Puerto Rico has electricity.
As Tesla focuses on fixing those bottlenecks and increasing Model 3 production volumes, Musk made a decision to get rid of the potential distraction that is the unveiling of an entirely new business unit for Tesla; trucking.
Tesla, however, has sent hundreds of its Powerwall batteries, which collect and store solar energy, to help provide power more immediately to Puerto Ricans. Prior to the hurricane, the island territory of 3.4 million people had $73 billion in outstanding debt. And if so, what would a Tesla-backed solar power project on the still-recovering island look like. Musk responded that Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) had already done so for other small islands around the world. "Let's build the Puerto Rico we all want through innovation", she tweeted. The situation came about through the mismanagement of a whole realm of responsibilities, including planning, spending, debt management, budgeting, governance and contracting, according to the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC).
Gov. Rossello responded on Twitter that he would be interested in having a conversation with Musk.