Tesla’s Largest Battery Turned on in Australia

Tesla’s Largest Battery Turned on in Australia

Tesla has delivered the largest battery project in Australia within the deadline announced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The 100-megawatt lithium-ion battery has been plugged into an Australian state grid, regional officials confirmed. In September, Tesla CEO promised 100-megawatt battery project to be delivered within 100 days or the company won’t charge any money for the project.

As the battery project started powering the state grid, South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announced his region’s lead in renewable energy segment, powered by mega-battery. During summer season in Australia, the power demand surges and leads to black out on many occasions. The battery has capacity to power 30,000 homes for up to an hour during severe blackout event.

During a severe storm last year, South Australia suffered a major blackout. The region is heavily dependent on wind and solar energy. Tesla’s powerful battery can be used to boost supply during peak hours.

The battery farm is part of a USD 420 million plan announced in March by Weatherill to make the state independent of the nation's power grid. The cost of the battery has not been made public.

Tesla partnered with Neoen to build the battery, which is more than three times larger than the previous record-holder at Mira Loma, California.