Tesla is on the way of setting up new records every time it’s in the news and this time, the CEO, Elon Musk says that the world’s largest battery installation is already halfway through. The fact was unleashed the past Friday, at an event organized in Jamestown, South Australia where Musk uncovered the installation of a 100MW/129MWh utility-grade battery bank near the site of the 100MW Hornsdale Wind Farm.
World’s Largest Grid-Tied System
The said system having this whopping capacity beats the 30MW/120MWh facility built by AES Energy Storage in Southern California and is becoming the first ever grid-tied system with such a huge capacity. Interestingly, the project was started during a bet placed on Twitter between Australian software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and Telsa and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. This became the reason that Musk had set up the station in Australia. Cannon-Brookes doubted the speed that Tesla was claiming it could install grid-tied batteries, Musk promised to deliver a system to South Australia. He chose the place because of its continuous blackouts in recent summers with the tagline, “in 100 days or its free.” So if you are considering the start of those 100 days after the announcement of the project, you are wrong because the company thinks of the starting date to be from the day after the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) approved the project.
At the event that we are discussing, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill was also present to witness the ceremony where he said:
There were lots of people that were making jokes about South Australia and making fun of our leadership in renewable energy. Well, today they’re laughing out of the other side of their face.
To have that [construction] done in two months … you can’t remodel your kitchen in that period of time.