Tesla prepares to switch on 25MW battery to support South Australian wind farm

Tesla prepares to switch on 25MW battery to support South Australian wind farm

Tesla prepares to switch on 25MW battery to support South Australian wind farm 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

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.