Last March, Mike Cannon-Brookes, an Australian IT billionaire issued a challenge to anyone that could fix South Australia’s woefully inadequate, electrical system. Elon Musk of Tesla fame accepted the challenge, pledging to deliver a 100-megawatt system, fully installed and operating, within 100 days. This week Tesla delivers on their pledge, well ahead of schedule and in the process building the world’s largest battery storage facility.
World’s Largest Energy Storage System
Located near Jamestown, South Australia the lithium-ion battery system will store energy produced by the Hornsdale wind farm. Storing sufficient energy to power 8,000 homes for 24 hours. the system is a giant step forward for Australia’s use of renewable energy. (photo – Tesla)
Premier Jay Weatherill said “While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient, and providing back up power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer.”
Musk commented, “Congratulations to the Tesla crew and South Australian authorities who worked so hard to get this manufactured and installed in record time!”
The South Australia system is three times larger than Tesla’s Mira Loma battery in Ontario, California, previously the world’s largest battery. Read more in EcoWatch.
Powering Up Puerto Rico
We have reported on Tesla’s efforts to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, where still large areas of the island remain without energy. Read: Tesla Tune-Up: The Latest on Electric Vehicles!
100 portable Solar Energy Systems on the way!
Here is another important story on bringing renewable energy to the island. In a collaborative effort between the Amicus Solar Cooperative and Amurtel, an international disaster relief nonprofit, 100 portable, off-grid solar systems are being sent to the hurricane battered island. The 12-foot-long trailers are emergency power hubs that contain solar-powered systems sufficient to charge radios, cellphones, laptops and other devices necessary for keeping isolated communities connected. (photo – Puerto Rican National Guard)
The supplemental emergency power systems will be supplied at no cost, on loan for as long as needed. Read more in EcoWatch.
By Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network
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