The 100-megawatt battery will be able to store enough energy to supply 30,000 homes for an hour. The battery array is installed adjacent to a wind farm run by French company Noeon and will now begin testing to ensure it meets the energy requirements of the state of Southern Australia. Providing that the testing stage is a success, the 1st December deadline should be comfortably met after it was set by Musk on Twitter back in February. Southern Australia has suffered numerous load shedding blackouts in recent times, events where demand for electricity has outstripped supply and power companies are forced to turn off the electricity to protect the grid. The state will now have the right to use Tesla’s battery array in the future to avoid these events.The Tesla battery project is combined with a wind farm to help bring stability to the grid in Australia’s most wind-reliant state. It is hoped that the project will help make Southern Australia a leader in renewable energy and bring affordable and reliable power.Although installation of the batteries had begun before the signing of the contract with Tesla, the ability to get the array up and running within Musk’s 100-day target is still impressive. The timescale of the project signals the ever-increasing speed in the uptake and transition towards renewable energy.
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