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Tesla's Giant Battery in South Australia Is Officially Switched On

Tesla's Giant Battery in South Australia Is Officially Switched On

South Australia's giant Tesla battery has begun dispatching stored wind power into the electricity grid a day ahead of its scheduled switch-on.

"Neoen is pleased to be able to reinforce its Australian footprint through the achievement of the Hornsdale Wind Farm & Battery and is extremely proud to contribute further to the development of renewable energy in Australia".

"South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7", the premier was quoted as saying by the news agency. The 100MW huge battery farm has enough capacity to power more than 30,000 homes in South Australia. Hornsdale Power Reserve says that the battery takes up less than 10,000 square meters of land.

Earlier this year, everyone's favourite entrepreneur turned scientist/engineer made a bet that he could build the world's largest lithium battery within the space of 100 days.

South Australia suffered a severe blackout previous year that left 1.7 million people without electricity, prompting Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to lash out at state regulations that encouraged what he believed to be a too heavy a reliance on renewable energy: the Australian Energy Market Operator found that the blackout was caused by too sensitive protection mechanisms at some windfarms in South Australia. "It can address those stability issues very quickly without needing to resort to using large power plants", said Praveen Kathpal, vice president of AES, a losing bidder to build the battery.

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The efficient battery system will be the sustainable, effective energy solution, according to Tesla, because, South Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.

Hoping that Tesla's li-ion battery storage solution would have greater adoption in the future, Elon Musk visited the site and hailed the battery as "just the beginning".

The South Australia government announced its energy plan in March 2017.

"Neoen and Tesla approached the State Government with their bold plan to deliver this project, and they have met all of their commitments, ensuring South Australia has back up power this summer", he added.