The Hornsdale Power Reserve consists of a 100-megawatt, lithium-ion #battery
built by #Tesla
and paired with the Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown in South #Australia
The battery is comprised of several hundred #PowerPack
towers which store renewable #energy
generated by the #windturbines
. It can power 30,000 #homes
during peak usage hours as well as provide back-up #power
if there is a shortfall.
Consultancy firm Aurecon evaluated the reserve and found that since its December 2017 launch, it has helped stabilize the grid, avoid outages, and reduce costs by almost $28.9 million.
The battery is estimated to have cost about $65 million, according to News.com.au, but it not might be long before it pretty much pays for itself.
According to the government of South Australia, Tesla has also been working to build a giant virtual power plant in the region, aiming to install rooftop solar panel systems and Powerwall-2 batteries in 50,000 homes over the next four years.
According to #Electrek
, the first 100 #Powerwalls
were deployed in July, and will soon be expanding to 1,000 homes as part of the second #phase
The equipment will generate power and provide electricity for each #home
, while collectively forming a virtual power plant with a 250- #megawatt
capacity. Any excess energy feeds into the main power grid, to be used to supply #electricity
to other homes, or during an #emergency
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