The world’s largest lithium ion battery in South Australia has been fully installed ahead of its 100-day deadline and has entered the regulatory testing phase.

Tesla Powerpacks, connected to Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm, have now been fully installed on site, 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.

In March 2017, the State Government announced its Energy Plan, with the objective of delivering cleaner, more affordable and more reliable energy to South Australians.

This plan included building the nation’s largest battery, to store renewable energy and have backup power for when it is needed.

In July 2017, following a competitive process, French renewable energy company Neoen and US sustainable energy company Tesla were awarded the contract to deliver the project, which would be the world’s largest lithium ion battery and installed near Jamestown.

Premier, Jay Weatherill, said an enormous amount of work has gone in to delivering this project in such a short time.

“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,” Mr Weatherill said.

Mr Weatherill will join representatives from Neoen, Tesla and Consolidated Power Projects to officially launch the battery, which has put South Australia and Jamestown on the map as a world leader in renewable energy with battery storage. 

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