Elon Musk has arrived in Adelaide to announce that his company, Tesla, will build the world's largest lithium ion battery for South Australia.
Tesla Powerpack 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 electrical infrastructure.
In September 2016 South Australia suffered from an nearly entire state wide blackout due to severe storms damaging power transmission lines across the state.
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Wind power with battery storage has been recommended through the Finkel Review as well as AEMO's recent reports to provide energy system security services - this plan delivers on these objectives. The state has also been plagued by further blackouts from the heat of the Australian summer in early 2017.
Tesla will provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system that will be paired with renewable energy provider Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia.
The 129MWh battery, which is paired with a wind farm, is created to improve the security of electricity supplies across South Australia.
Musk also confirmed a much-publicised promise to build it within 100 days or do it for free.
The company has previously rolled out a 20-megawatt energy storage facility in California.
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Completion is expected before the end of the year, with Musk saying he hoped the Tesla Powerpack would make a "significant statement for the viability of renewable energy to the world".
Speaking in South Australia, Musk told reporters the system will be three times more powerful than other large scale batteries.
It isn't only in Australia where Tesla is working with utilities on energy storage.
Tesla expects the system to come online in December.
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