Countdown begins for Tesla’s 100MW battery in SA

A visual representation of how the site will look upon completion.

The 100-day countdown has begun for Tesla to construct the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia.

The construction of the 100MW battery is part of the government’s $150 million Renewable Technology Fund.

The energy storage systems from Tesla will be paired with Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm and installed before summer.

The interconnection agreement has been approved by AEMO and has just been signed on Friday by Electranet.

The signing of the agreement, means Tesla and Neoen now have 100 days to complete the project, after Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a commitment earlier this year to deliver the battery within 100 days or it is free.

After just two months of construction, the facility is already operating at 50MW and is expected to be fully operational in December.

“To have that done in two months… you can’t remodel your kitchen in that period of time,” Mr Musk told a crowd in Jamestown on Friday.

He said the project was an example of how to replace fossil fuels with renewables.

“This is a great example to the rest of the world of what can be done,” he said.

“When this is done in just few months, it will be the largest battery installation by a factor of three.”

The project forms part of the South Australian Government’s $550 million energy plan.