Musk's 100-Day Giant Battery Promise Set To Be Fulfilled

World’s largest Tesla battery switches on at Hornsdale Wind Farm South Australia

The battery farm launches today after extensive regulatory testing that took place to test the battery's ability to charge to, and from, Australia's National Energy Market and also act as a generator.

In July, French renewable energy company Neoen and Tesla were selected to deliver the project. The mega-battery was switched on, just in time for the beginning of Australia's summer, meeting a promise made by Elon Musk, Reuters reported.

The world's biggest battery was officially released in Australia on Friday.

The battery farm is part of a 550 million Australian dollar ($420 million) plan announced in March by Weatherill to make the state independent of the nation's power grid.

The battery is said to be capable of powering 30,000 homes, said Yuen Low, an analyst at Shore Capital.


The 100-megawatt (MW) battery, which is the world's largest, was built by Tesla in rural South Australia after Musk wagered a bet that he could built it in 100 days or the state would receive it for free.

Despite having a rapidly growing wind power (than the rest of Australia), South Australia has been facing a series of blackouts in the last 18 months after a devastating storm in April and since then the government had been facing a lot of criticism, prompting it to look for a solution. "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.

The battery packs are expected to secure the region's electricity supply and allows for clean and affordable wind energy being dispatched to the grid.

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.

Tesla said it hopes the project "provides a model for future deployments around the world". The plan comes after the state-wide blackout in September a year ago.

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