US sustainable energy company Tesla has agreed with the South Australian Government to pair a 100MW/129MWh lithium ion battery system with French renewable energy firm Neoen’s Hornsdale windfarm.
Under the agreement, Tesla will install the grid-scale energy storage systems at Hornsdale, which is situated in Australia. The company has also agreed to deliver the battery within 100 days following the signing of a grid interconnection agreement.
Once installed, the battery will provide a 24 hour operation to offer stability services for renewable energy. It will also be able to provide emergency back-up power if a shortfall in energy is predicted.
Neoen's deputy chief executive officer (CEO) RomainDesrousseaux said: “At 100MW and 129MWh, the Hornsdale Power Reserve will become not only the largest renewable generator in the state but also home to the largest lithium ion battery in the world, with our company’s long-term, direct investment in South Australia growing to almost $1bn since 2013.
“South Australian customers will be the first to benefit from this technology, which will demonstrate that large-scale battery storage is both possible and now, commercially viable.
“Together, the South Australian Government, Neoen and Tesla will demonstrate that renewables can provide dependable, distributable power that will turn a new page in Australia’s energy future.”
The South Australian Government selected Neoen for the Hornsdale windfarm project through a multi-stage procurement process. The project is expected to help the state become more self-reliant in the field of energy.
Upon completion, the lithium-ion battery storage project will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes.