Tesla Proposes its Largest Energy Storage Project: 1.1 GWh in the California Desert
Tesla has partnered with California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to submit a proposal for Tesla’s largest energy storage project to date; one that’s capable of producing up to 1.1GWh.
According to Popular Mechanics, the two entities want to build a lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) with 182.5 MW. “Tesla would supply the BESS with its Powerpack energy system,” the publication writes. A single Tesla Powerpack holds 16 individual battery pods.
According to the proposal, PG&E would have the ability to expand its new facility to running 1.1 GWh. While Tesla would supply the hardware, PG&E would own and operate the facility.
Tesla Down Under
In July 2017, Tesla announced it won a government bid to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. Tesla says the 100-megawatt energy storage solution will power much of South Australia.
The 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack battery system stores wind energy from the Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm and will speed the advancement of “a resilient and modern grid,” according to Tesla. The Powerpack charges using wind energy and then deliver electricity during peak hours to help maintain the reliable operation of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure.