The following is an excerpt from HIMANSHU GOENKA | October 1, 2017 | ibtimes.com |
The clock started ticking for Tesla on Friday to complete what will effectively be the world’s largest battery — a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack installation in the Australian state of South Australia. And to adhere to its commitment of completing the installation in 100 days, the Elon Musk company has chosen Samsung over long-term partner Panasonic to supply the battery cells for the massive facility.
On July 6, Tesla announced it had won the bid to install the energy-storage system in South Australia, which began looking for a source of power backup after storms in September 2016 caused state-wide blackouts, leaving its 1.7 million residents without electricity. One of the clauses in the agreement signed between Tesla and South Australia was based on a claim Musk made before bidding for the contract: the company would set up the facility, worth $50 million, in 100 days or make it free.
Terms of the agreement also stipulated the 100-day period would start “once the grid interconnection agreement has been signed.” And that happened Friday, when “Australian Energy Market Organiser and South Australian transmission firm Electranet signed an interconnection agreement to install Tesla’s Powerpack battery system,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
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