Elon Musk’s Tesla will team with French company Neoen to build the world’s largest lithium ion battery system in South Australia.
State Premer Jay Weatherill made the announcement at the Adelaide Oval today, detailing how the energy storage sytems from Tesla would be paired with Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm with installation to be completed before the next summer.
Neoen is also expected to expand the Hornsdale project, situated near Jamestown in the Mid North of the state.
The 100MW battery system was suggested by Tesla as part of the solution to SA’s energy crisis, which saw a state wide blackout last September.
Weatherill said Elon Musk had confirmed his company’s commitment to install the battery within 100 days, or provide it to the state free of charge. The clock starts ticking on the 100 days once the grid interconnection deal is signed.
The Premier said the state led the nation in renewable energy and would now lead the world in battery storage.
SA has also announced a $500 million response to the energy crisis, which includes public funding for a $360 million gas fired plant and the battery storage.