South Australia’s Giant Tesla Battery Is Switching On Today

South Australia’s Giant Tesla Battery Is Switching On Today
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It wasn’t due to be switched on until tomorrow, but what has been hailed as an answer to (some of) South Australia’s energy woes will be up and running as of this morning.

The 100MW/129MWh installation – the largest lithium-ion storage facility in the world – is capable of powering 30,000 homes for an hour or so. The early launch is due to extreme weather conditions expected in the state over the next few days.

With huge storms hitting South Australia, thousands of homes have already suffered blackouts, and yet more rain is on its way.

This, in addition with hot temperatures overnight even led the Australian Energy Market Operator to pay customers to use less power over the peak periods.

So it makes sense to switch on what has become the fanciest backup generator to ever exist, right?

The system will provide emergency power, and lower the chance of brownout events.

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