Tesla moves forward with battery plant

Tesla has been selected to build a 20MW-80MW/hour power storage facility at Southern California Edison’s Mira Loma substation in Ontario, California, US.

Tesla claims that upon installation, the system will be the largest lithium ion battery storage project in the world. It says that the battery storage can power more than 2,500 households for a day or charge about 1,000 Tesla vehicles.

The battery storage will operate by taking power during non-peak hours and deliver electricity back to the grid during peak hours to maintain reliable grid operations of Southern California Edison’s electric infrastructure which supplies power to about 15 million residents.

The deployment of battery storage system at grids reduces the need for power generation through fossil fuels and makes the grid more resilient.

Unlike conventional generators, batteries can be easily deployed, scaled up or down and they also do not require any water or gas pipelines.

Tesla noted that the electric power industry has been the last great industry which has not come under the revolutionary effects of storage. The Powerpack system is a landmark project for the company and it signals the start of a new age of storage on the electric grid.

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