Elon Musk's huge battery is now powering South Australia

Elon Musk's huge battery is now powering South Australia

Elon Musk's huge battery is now powering South Australia

"South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7", the premier was quoted as saying by the news agency.

It has the capacity to power more than 30,000 homes for up to an hour in the event of a blackout.

(Note: Unlike most parts of the world, summer in Australia begins in December).

The world's biggest lithium-ion battery has plugged into an Australian state grid, an official said Friday, easily delivering on Tesla Inc. chief executive Elon Musk's 100-day guarantee.

The powerpack, located in the rural town of Jamestown north of Adelaide, is connected to a wind farm operated by French energy firm Neoen, was switched on early Friday as temperatures started to rise, The Telegraph wrote.

A wind turbine is seen at the Tesla battery plant outside of Jamestown
A wind turbine is seen at the Tesla battery plant outside of Jamestown

The system could make a contribution to solving South Australia's energy woes.

South Australia suffered a severe blackout previous year that left 1.7 million people without electricity, prompting Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull to lash out at state regulations that encouraged what he believed to be a too heavy a reliance on renewable energy: the Australian Energy Market Operator found that the blackout was caused by too sensitive protection mechanisms at some windfarms in South Australia.

The world's biggest battery is officially on in South Australia, allowing Tesla founder Elon Musk to meet his promise of building it within 100 days or it would be free, according to The Telegraph. "The ability to dispatch into the system when needed, also opens up the opportunity for Hornsdale Power Reserve to sign competitive long term contracts with medium-sized business directly", the statement continued.

South Australian taxpayers will be subsidising its operation with up to $50 million over the next 10 years.

In a politically charged debate, opponents of the state's renewables push have argued that the battery is a "Hollywood solution" in a country that still relies on fossil fuels, mainly coal, for two-thirds of its electricity.

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