Tesla officially activated the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia on Friday, making good on CEO Elon Musk’s promise to deliver a solution to power outages in the state within 100 days of signing a contract.
Tesla’s 100-megawatt battery, located at a wind power plant about 200km north of Adelaide, can independently power up to 30,000 homes for an hour, the BBC reports. But it will mostly be used to backup electricity infrastructure in the renewable energy dependent state.
Musk, after a string of industry-crippling power outages in South Australia, made his “100 days or it’s free” vow on Twitter during an exchange with Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.
legend! ☀️ You’re on mate. Give me 7 days to try sort out politics & funding. DM me a quote for approx 100MW cost – mates rates!
— Mike Cannon-Brookes (@mcannonbrookes) March 10, 2017
Friday’s inauguration means Tesla actually beat the clock by around 40 days. The clock started ticking when the official contract was signed on September 30.
Tesla’s battery “will completely transform the way in which renewable energy is stored, and also stabilize the South Australian network as well as putting downward pressure on prices,” South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said in July.
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