Tesla installing world’s largest battery at South Australian wind farm

Tesla has announced that it will install the world’s largest lithium-ion battery on a wind farm in South Australia under an agreement with the state government and French renewable energy company Neoen.

The Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm in Jamestown will be paired with Tesla’s 100MW/129MWh battery, which will be installed by the end of the year, after Neoen was chosen following a multi-stage procurement process that saw more than 90 expressions of interest.

CEO Elon Musk has guaranteed that Tesla will deliver the battery within 100 days of the grid interconnection agreement being signed with the South Australian government — otherwise, his company will provide the battery for free.

The battery is expected to provide backup and stability services through energy storage.

“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 AU$1 billion since 2013,” Neoen Deputy CEO Romain Desrousseaux said.

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