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Tesla confirm 129MWh battery in South Australia - 7th July


The founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, has announced he will build the worlds largest lithium ion battery to store renewable energy in South Australia in partnership with French energy company Neoen. Musk is planning a 129MWh battery, which will be paired with a wind farm and designed to secure and stabilise the electricity across Southern Australia.

The deal was confirmed on Friday by state’s premier, Jay Weatherill who says it will form part of the governments $550m energy plan. A tweet by Musk in March claimed the battery could be delivered in 100 days or the system would be free, he has since confirmed that pledge.

The deputy chief executive of Neoen, Romain Desrousseaux, said that at 129MWh the South Australian lithium ion battery would become the largest in the world. The battery will be built near Jamestown, in the state’s mid-north, and will be paired with Neoen’s Hornsdale windfarm to provide stability for renewable energy produced.

The battery forms a key part of the state government’s $550m energy plan drawn up after last year’s blackout. Grid-scale battery storage could help to even out price spikes, prevent blackouts and improve reliability across the network.

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