Tesla powers on massive battery as South Australia prepares for summertime energy demands

Tesla's 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system dubbed as the 'World's largest battery' in Jamestown, Australia.

Tesla has powered on its world’s largest battery at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia, carrying out CEO Elon Musk’s 100-day target to install a grid-scale Powerpack battery unit, or the system would be free.

After a week of testing, with the 100MW system being partially charged for the first time on November 24, the Australian Energy Market Operator and South Australian government has given Tesla’s energy solution the green light for operation.

Tesla’s monstrous $50 million battery storage solution is made up of approximately 640 Tesla Powerpacks (129MWh) or roughly the amount of batteries used in 1,300 Model S or Model X 100D consumer vehicles. The storage system will help solve power shortages and manage summertime peak load to improve the reliability of South Australia’s storm-damaged electrical infrastructure. Tesla Powerpack units will charge using renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm and then deliver electricity during peak hours to help maintain the reliable operation of South Australia’s grid.

“While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient, and providing back up power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer,” said South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.

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