World's Biggest Battery Delivering Power in South Australia

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"South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7", the premier was quoted as saying by the news agency.

The battery, according to Hornsdale Power Reserve, takes up less than 2.5 acres of land and has the ability to power 30,000 homes for an hour during a blackout.

The world's biggest battery was officially released in Australia on Friday.

The world's biggest lithium ion battery, built by Tesla, was switched on on Friday in South Australia, ahead of the State Government's deadline of the beginning of the summer, and well ahead of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's self-imposed deadline of "100 days or it's free".

The manufacturer, Tesla, says the lithium-ion device made up of PowerWall 2 batteries is the "largest" by storage and "most powerful" of its type in the world.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk boasted previous year that he'd make the battery in 100 days or it's free, and he did it with more than a month to spare.

The battery farm is part of a 550 million Australian dollar ($420 million) plan announced in March by Weatherill to make the state independent of the nation's power grid.

The 100-megawatt Li-ion battery is paired to a neighbouring wind farm called Hornsdale Wind Farm, owned by a private French firm Neoen, to bring greater reliability and stability to the state's electricity grid.

Despite having a rapidly growing wind power (than the rest of Australia), South Australia has been facing a series of blackouts in the last 18 months after a devastating storm in April and since then the government had been facing a lot of criticism, prompting it to look for a solution. Kathpal, who is also chairman of the U.S. Energy Storage Association, has said that investing so heavily in energy storage is an important piece of Australia's continued commitment to renewable energy.

Newsweek wrote that a 1,600 megawatt coal plant closure in Victoria earlier this year put more pressure on Australia's gas industry, which faced huge lay-offs, rising prices, and gas shortages.

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