Tesla's Virtual Power Station with rechargeable batteries (Powerwall) expands to 1,000 homes in Australia
Tesla's plans to deploy 50,000 wall-mounted batteries (Powerwall) in Australia (the main goal is to create a huge virtual power plant) are being successfully implemented. The project is now at the second stage, at which it is necessary to connect 1 thousand houses.
(comment. transl., video on the channel Tesla)
The project is the largest of its kind, while if it takes place, it will eclipse any stationary energy storage.
It arose when Ilon Musk visited South Australia after launching a stationary energy storage from Tesla.
At the same time, Musk gave an interview, during which he was informed of the significant difficulties that arise among Australian families due to high electricity prices.
Obviously touched by the problem, Musk promised that Tesla "will work harder" to help solve it (comment transl., Video link ).
A few months later, Tesla announcedto conclude an agreement with the government of South Australia to install 50,000 homes of Powerwall solar panels and wall-mounted batteries.
A few weeks after the new state government was chosen, the deal was in jeopardy , then the opinion on this matter was changed, and the government confirmed that it would continue to support Tesla’s initiatives, at least with successful funding.
In July, Tesla installed the first 100 wall batteries with solar panels for a new virtual power plant and focused on reducing the cost of electricity for low-income households.
Already, these systems have a significant impact on families. The local news showed a resident of Adelaide who quarterly spent more than $ 500 on electricity. After installing the system, its electricity bills dropped to $ 175.
Currently, the government declares that the second phase is being successfully implemented, which includes 1,000 houses.
Minister Daniel Cornelius van Can Pellekan reported:
The virtual power plant will supply cheaper electricity to the most vulnerable households in South Australia, which in turn will improve the reliability of the state's power grids.
Also, the Energy Locals organization was represented as a retail partner of the project , the goal of which is to help Tesla and the state government create a virtual power plant.
The 1,000 homes that will be part of the second phase of the virtual power plant must still be owned by the trust fund of the state of South Australia in order to simplify the direct impact on low-income families.
In the upcoming 3rd stage, other households in South Australia will be connected to this process.
(approx. transl., some thanks to Aervin for help with the translation)