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Tesla begins building world's biggest battery to bolster South Australia grid

Tesla begins building world's biggest battery to bolster South Australia grid”

Mr Musk said Tesla would build the wind-charged battery in 100 days or the state would not have to pay for it. "What this serves as is a great example of what can be done", Musk said at the event, which was powered entirely by battery packs.

In March, Vice President of Tesla energy products Lyndon Rayv said that will be able to build the station, which will solve the energy problem in South Australia for 100 days.

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk visited my state last week, where here in South Australia his company along with the state government are erecting the largest utility-grade battery bank in the world. Earlier this year, Musk gave estimates on Twitter that suggested a 129MWh system would cost $32.35 million before taxes and labor.

The Tesla Powerpack will charge using renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm and then deliver electricity during peak hours to help maintain a reliable operation of South Australia's electrical infrastructure.

The official countdown to the end of the 100-day deadline commenced on 30 September, after the project was given approval by Australian energy regulators.

But Tesla has apparently given itself wide berth to make that 100-day deadline, as the company has already been working on getting the Hornsdale installation up and running.

Now Tesla is already ahead of the planned time. The batteries are being made at the Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. This has forced politicians in the state to think about the transition to renewable energy.

"What they're trying to do is buy a little bit of time for other systems to respond to fluctuations", said Bikal Pokharel, an analyst with energy consultants Wood Mackenzie in Singapore. Outline you can't remodel your kitchen in such terms.

The Tesla CEO also seemed to make an opening bid for more Tesla projects in Australia. Tesla's recent purchase of solar panel manufacturer SolarCity could put the company in a position to offer solar fields, as well.



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