Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Tesla installs 100-MW battery in S Australia

Tesla installs 100-MW battery in S Australia

And yes, Musk has, technically, completed the project in less than 100 days from signing on - even though by the time he'd signed the contract on September 29, he'd already finished half of it.

The deadline was December 1, but local news is now reporting that the installation is completed and that they are now testing the system before Electranet brings it online.

The battery will be officially launched next week.

Testing is underway and the lithium-ion battery facility is expected to be energised in the next few days, according to the South Australian state government.

The 100-megawatt battery in South Australia, scheduled to be switched on in the coming days, will provide security to the state's electricity grid and will store enough energy to power 30,000 homes for about an hour.


"The world's largest lithium ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix, and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader renewable energy with battery storage." said Weatherill.

In a tweet to Musk, Lyndon wrote: "How serious are you about this bet?" The idea is to solve some of South Australia's not-insignificant power issues by plonking a huge rechargeable battery in the middle of nowhere.

While South Australia hopes the Tesla battery will forestall further blackouts, not everyone is behind the project.

Musk's battery system is created to overcome one of the main obstacles to greater reliance on renewable power sources - they can store up power produced while the wind blows or sun shines, and then release it steadily to the grid later when generation stalls.

'Thirty thousand SA households could not get through watching one episode of Australia's Ninja Warrior with this big battery, so let's not pretend it is a solution'. Had Tesla failed, the company would not have taken a fee for the project.

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