The SolarCity Lihue Solar PV Park – Battery Energy Storage System is a 13,000kW energy storage project located in Kauai Island, Hawaii, US.

The electro-chemical battery energy storage project uses lithium-ion as its storage technology. The project was commissioned in 2017.


The SolarCity Lihue Solar PV Park – Battery Energy Storage System was developed by Tesla Energy Operations . The project is owned by Tesla Energy Operations (100%), a subsidiary of Tesla.

The key application of the project is solar energy shifting.

Contractors involved

Tesla Energy Operations and Tesla have delivered the battery energy storage project.

Additional information

The project uses Powerpack 2, Tesla’s latest generation storage system, which includes a Tesla inverter. Tesla is also providing a performance guarantee in the form of a Capacity Maintenance Agreement (CMA ) that will ensure a minimum amount of system energy available that KIUC can utilize each year during the term of the PPA. KIUC signed a 20-year PPA for a 13 MW solar system paired with a 13 MW/52 MWh Powerpack system.

About Tesla Energy Operations

Tesla Energy Operations Inc (Tesla Energy Operations), a subsidiary of Tesla Inc, is a vertically integrated solar energy systems provider. It designs, permits, finances, and installs the solar energy and storage systems. The company also performs maintenance and monitoring services. It procures various components such as solar panels, power walls and solar roofs from different manufacturers. The company markets and sells the products and services through national sales organization that includes direct outside sales force, door-to-door sales force, call centers, channel partner network and customer referral programs. Tesla Energy Operations also markets through traditional and digital marketing channels. The company serves residential, commercial, and government customers and schools and universities across the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. Tesla Energy Operations is headquartered in San Mateo, California, the US.


All publicly-announced energy storage projects included in this analysis are drawn from GlobalData’s Power IC. The information regarding the projects are sourced through secondary information sources such as country specific power players, company news and reports, statistical organisations, regulatory body, government planning reports and their publications and is further validated through primary from various stakeholders such as power utility companies, consultants, energy associations of respective countries, government bodies and professionals from leading players in the power sector.