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Tesla Meets 100-Day Goal To Install South Australia Powerpack Facility

By Brian Spaen

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised to help South Australia with their energy problems in record time. He delivered. Installation of the 100-megawatt Powerpack battery backup system has completed at the Hornsdale Wind Farm. The new facility provides a cheaper and more reliable energy source to the area.

14 months ago, a massive storm in South Australia resulted in a widespread blackout. Powerful winds shut down wind farms and knocked down power lines. 1.7 million people lost access to power, similar to what happened in Puerto Rico after hurricanes knocked out much of the infrastructure.

With the state struggling to rebuild their own infrastructure, the government has turned to renewable energy. They also want to make it more reliable and opted to look at battery backup options. Musk made a bet on Twitter in March that Tesla could create a system with their Powerpacks for the Hornsdale Wind Farm featuring a capacity of 100 megawatts and 129 megawatt-hours.