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Elon Musk's massive battery is up and running in South Australia

Elon Musk's massive battery is up and running in South Australia

Tesla's chieftain Elon Musk has delivered on his bold promise to build a new storage solution within 100 days - a move that the South Australian public met with applause following a number of frustrating blackouts across the country, including a nationwide one a year ago.

Elon Musk's Tesla turned on its huge lithium ion battery in Australia today.

The 129-megawatt-hour battery has garnered significant press for both its size and the nature by which it was acquired.

But what if we say it was Elon Musk and his electric carmaker-cum-energy storage company Tesla have made it happen?

Jay Weatherill stated now, the South Australia is competing others in the rival of making renewable energy and it has made the history in the making.

The battery is said to be capable of powering 30,000 homes, said Yuen Low, an analyst at Shore Capital.

But with temperatures across South Australia and Victoria hitting the mid-30s, and output from the state's wind farms low, the battery was called upon early to help meet Thursday afternoon's peak demand.

Despite having a rapidly growing wind power (than the rest of Australia), South Australia has been facing a series of blackouts in the last 18 months after a devastating storm in April and since then the government had been facing a lot of criticism, prompting it to look for a solution. As of December 1, this Australian mega-battery has officially been switched on. "It can address those stability issues very quickly without needing to resort to using large power plants", said Praveen Kathpal, vice president of AES, a losing bidder to build the battery.

"Neoen is focused on delivering long-term, sustainable energy solutions to the country and ambitious projects like the Hornsdale Power Reserve will contribute to South Australia leading the way into a clean energy future".

"Neoen and Tesla approached the State Government with their bold plan to deliver this project, and they have met all of their commitments, ensuring South Australia has back up power this summer", he added.

The South Australia battery will store energy from Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown.

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