Elon Musk’s 100MW lithium-ion battery, set to be the biggest in the world, will be energised for regulatory testing in coming days.
The project is part of the state government’s $550 million energy plan.
Following a competitive process, Neoen and Tesla were awarded the contract to deliver the project.
Tesla Powerpacks have now been fully installed on the site of Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm, with the testing phase ensuring the battery is optimised and meets AEMO and South Australian Government requirements.
Throughout this testing period, the battery will be providing system security services to South Australia.
“While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient, and providing back up power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer,” Premier Jay Weatherill said.
“The world’s largest lithium ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix, and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader renewable energy with battery storage.
“An enormous amount of work has gone in to delivering this project in such a short time, and I look forward to visiting Jamestown next week to personally thank those who have worked on this project.
The battery will be officially launched next week.