Tesla has just announced it will be building the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world in South Australia, nearly a year after a 50-year storm knocked out the entire electrical grid, leaving 1.7 million residents without power - myself included. This news is close to home, well - it is home, as I'm based in South Australia - where Tesla is building this massive battery storage project.
After the infrastructure failure, the South Australian government (which was already a leader in renewable energy) looked into a sustainable solution so that this wouldn't happen again. The state government askedw for solutions on grid-scale energy storage solutions of at least 100MW capacity, with Tesla today announcing they will be making a 100MW/129MWh Powerpack system that will be teamed with global renewable energy provider Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm located near Jamestown, South Australia.
Tesla's Powerpack will be used to charge renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm, which will then deliver electricity during peak hours ensuring reliable power is delivered to South Australia's electrical infrastructure. SA was already a leader in renewable energy, but Tesla's investment into the state will only highlight that fact.
Tesla will have the system installed by December 2017, which will have South Australia being home to the world's largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world. Tesla is working together with the South Australian government and Neoen, which will hopefully solve the power shortages and infrastructure failures of the future. Tesla Powerwall take up is ramping up in Australia with residents, and even personally I'm looking at buying a house in the next 18 months and will be getting Tesla Powerwall installed as well.
The electric car maker finished their blog post saying: "Tesla is proud to be part of South Australia's renewable energy future, and we expect this project will provide a model for future deployments around the world that will help significantly accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy".