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Tesla To Build World's Largest Battery To Solve Australia's Energy Crisis

By Brian Spaen

It’s been a tremendous end of the week for Tesla. They expected to complete their first Model 3 vehicle on Friday, and just a few hours before the day began, they announced a major project they’ll be involved with down in South Australia. They’ll be installing one of their Powerpacks to fuel electricity in an area dealing with devastation.

Reported as a “bi-annual storm,” the state suffered from continuous lightning strikes and damaged multiple electrical lines. This caused a massive blackout that affected nearly all of South Australia -- everything except Kangaroo Island, which had backups in case an event like this happened. Some areas are still using temporary solutions as repairs are continuing to be made.

Another part of the restoration process is the South Australian Government wanting to improve renewable energy in the area. They desired a solution that would give over 100 megawatts of reliable power capacity to fuel the mainland affected by these blackouts. Conveniently, construction already began on the Hornsdale Wind Farm earlier in 2016, which will be completed in multiple stages -- the first being a capacity of 100 MW which was turned on in January.