January 23, 2020: Electric car giant Tesla is about to switch on a 25MW Powerpack battery that will provide back-up storage for a 278.5MW wind farm in South Australia, the firm announced on January 22. The battery has a storage capacity of 52 MWh.
Lake Bonney Wind Farm, which is owned and operated by Infigen Energy, generates electricity for 110,000 homes, which make up 14% of households in South Australia, Tesla said.
It also said the $38 million project had been part funded with $5 million from the state government and another $5 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
“This will allow South Australia to incorporate more renewable energy into the system and move towards net 100% renewable energy in the 2030s,” said South Australia’s minister for energy and mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan.
Tesla’s Powerpack lithium-ion batteries were installed at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia, which is about to be expanded by 50%, Tesla said.
Neoen, the French renewable energy developer that owns and operates Hornsdale, has said it will expand the 100MW battery, which was installed in December 2017, this March.