'World's biggest' 129MWh Tesla battery approved for SA wind farm

Elon Musk

The government announced today that the USA company and French company Neoen, which operates the Hornsdale Wind Farm in the state, would partner to deliver the 100-megawatt (129 megawatt-hour) Tesla Powerpack energy storage system.

In March, Musk announced that he would build and install a working battery system within 100 days or it would be free.

The battery will be paired with a nearby wind farm run by the French renewable energy company Neoen.

The clock will start ticking on Mr Musk's 100-day commitment once regulators approve the project, clearing it for grid connection.

If Tesla falters, Musk said it would cost the company "a very large sum of money, maybe $50 million or more".

"South Australia has been leading the nation in renewable energy - now we are leading the world in battery storage", said SA premier, Jay Weatherill.

Since September previous year, the state's population of 1.7 million people have continued to suffer from frequent blackouts and power shortages.

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The deal "will be incredible helpful within Australia and around the world", he added, as he hopes it proves large battery installations are a suitable form of storing energy generated by renewable energy sources. "This historic agreement does more than bring a sustainable energy giant in Telsa to South Australia, it will also have some significant economic spin-offs".

Paired with Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia, the system is created to have a storage of 129 megawatt-hours - enough to light up 30,000 homes.

Tesla recently completed an installation of a battery farm in California which has a capacity of 20 megawatts and is created to discharge 80 megawatt hours of electricity in four-hour periods. Once done, his lithium-ion battery system will be thrice the power compared to the next biggest in the world. Musk appears to have made good on his promise.

Well, enter Mike Cannon-Brooks - Aussie Squillionaire who challenged Elon to provide the battery storage to support South Australia's energy needs.

Last September, 1.7 million residents in South Australia were left without electricity after a storm damaged critical infrastructure, and early this year, more blackouts occurred.

Tesla expects the system to come online in December.

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