Tesla, Australia to turn 50000 homes into power generators

Feb 05, 2018, 04:41
Tesla, Australia to turn 50000 homes into power generators

Late past year, Tesla completed its project to build the world's largest li-ion battery as a solution to power outages that were plaguing South Australia.

The Tesla partnership is clearly meant to counter that kind of criticism - Weatherill can point to the hoped-for improvements and claim that South Australia is on the right path.

"We lead the world in renewable energy with the world's largest battery, the world's largest solar thermal plant and now the world's largest virtual power plant", he said in a televised interview from the state capital of Adelaide.

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"South Australia has the world's biggest battery and now it will have the world's biggest virtual power plant". The $800 million project will have roughly six times more energy storage capacity than Tesla's massive Powerpack farm at the Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown. After that, other South Australians would be able to participate, with a goal of 50,000 participating households within four years.

The scale of the project will eclipse Canberra's Reposit Power Virtual Power Plant, which connects 250 homes and businesses to the grid, as well as similar schemes by AGL and SA Power Networks.

Ultimately, Tesla said it plans to have all 50,000 systems up and running by 2022.

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South Australia's virtual power plant will lay down its first foundations in 100 Housing Trust homes across the state by June 30, with another 1,000 set for installation over the following 12 months. Housing Trust is a program for lower-income households. This could be one of the biggest tests for solar energy to become mainstream, especially in the United States.

Despite the recent contraction of the US solar market, the interest put forth by Home Depot, Lowe's and Tesla could finally bring more life into the USA solar market seen in other nations around the world.

Under the deal unveiled by Premier Jay Weatherill, solar systems and batteries will be supplied and installed free of charge.

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