Thursday, March 29, 2018

De-centralized power generation and storage is the new black...... out mitigation plan

The state of South Australia is taking on a revolutionary project to harness solar energy and power 50,000 homes. Instead of solar cells at a single location, it’s creating a decentralized network, with help from Tesla.

Homes will get a 5kW solar panel system and a 13.5kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 battery, so each residence can gather and store energy. 50,000 homes are expected to participate over the next four years in building out the world’s largest virtual power plant, which will generate 250MW, roughly 20% of the state’s average energy needs.

The energy will deliver power during blackouts and feed power into the grid. The kits will be installed at no cost to the tenants.

South Australia has already kicked things off with a trial of 1,100 homes, and will bring the rest on board by 2022.

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