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South Australia has picked Tesla to install the world's largest grid-scale battery, which would be paired with a wind farm provided by France's Neoen, in a major test of the reliability of large-scale renewable energy use.
Axar.az reports citing Independent.
South Australia, the fifth-biggest state with a population of 1.7 million, has raced ahead of the rest of the country in turning to wind power. Its shutdown of coal-fired plants has led to outages across the eastern part of the nation, driving up energy prices.
The drawback to South Australia's heavy reliance on renewables has been an inability to adequately store that energy, leading to vulnerabilities when the wind doesn't blow.
The project is designed to have a storage capacity of 129 megawatt-hours, which is enough to light up 30,000 homes, a Tesla spokesman told Reuters.
Under the terms of the agreement, Tesla must deliver the 100-MW battery within 100 days of a contract being signed or it's free, matching a commitment made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a Twitter post in March.
"There will be a lot of people that will look at this, 'did they get it done within 100 days? Did it work?'" Mr Musk told reporters in South Australia's capital city of Adelaide.
“We are going to make sure it does.”
The 100-day deadline will begin within a few weeks, a political source said, after a connectivity agreement is reached between South Australia, Telsa, Neoen and the Australian Energy Market Operator.
Mr Musk and a spokesman for South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill declined to reveal the cost of the project.
Mr Musk said a failure to deliver the project in time would cost his company “$50m or more”, without elaborating.
2017.07.07 / 14:36