The battery pack, run by France’s Neoen, is likely to significant ease the blackouts that have been plaguing the state for the last 18 months. However, with the shutdown of big coal-fired power plants in Victoria, a neighboring state, supply of electricity is likely to be short in the coming summer.
On Thursday,the South Australian government stated, Tesla Inc has completed the installation of the world’s biggest lithium ion battery, putting it on track to meet the 100-day deadline for switching to the battery packs.
Earlier Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk had said, within 100 days of signing a contract, it would connect its battery pact to the grid or give it to the state for free. In July, it won the bid to build a 129 megawatt hour battery for the South Australia government, the country’s most wind power-dependent state.
When the grid connection deal was signed on Sept 29, Tesla had already completed 50% of the project.
Its Powerpacks have now been fully installed at a wind farm run by France’s Neoen and testing is set to begin to power grid security to the state.
“While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient, and providing back up power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer,” said state Premier Jay Weatherill in a statement.
The state though as yet to state how much it would pay for the battery pack, part of a $390 million (A$510 million) plan that includes diesel-fired generators to provide power to the grid following a series of blackouts which has plagued the state for the last 19 months.