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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    Wait... so they're switching it on BEFORE the storms? That's one hell of a baptism.

    Welcome to South Australia, Giant Tesla Battery.

    "worlds largest" forgets about the 150 MegaWatt in South Korea

      Is it built yet?

        No, it isn’t, but we can’t let that get in the way of an unnecessary snide remark though, can we?

    So who's going to lick it to see if its got charge..

    This is exciting. I have no interest in all the hype and politics around it but to see it working during the intense weather forecasted for the next few days will be cool.

    I hope they set up a live cam so we can watch this thing - with it's own backup power supply of course

      Can’t you just look at a photo of it? Or does it do other stuff that will make it more animated than your typical battery?

    Rae, do you know how many days it took to complete the installation? Was it under the 100 days?

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