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South Australia Moves Forward With Massive Tesla Storage Project

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

South Australia will push ahead with a plan to install battery systems built by Elon Musk’s Tesla in 50,000 homes, with the new state government committing to continue the pro-battery agenda of its predecessor.

The Weatherill Labor government announced the Tesla policy in February, declaring it would install battery and solar systems free of charge to create the world’s “largest virtual power plant” and slash energy bills. The plan shared similarities with a Liberal policy allowing battery storage units in 40,000 homes, and it was unclear which of the two policies would be adopted following the election of Liberal Premier Steven Marshall.

But in a speech at the Australian Energy Storage Conference, Energy Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the Government would implement both. “It’s very important to be clear about this—we are honouring the existing commitments around the Tesla virtual power plant (VPP),” he said.

“The VPP project is currently proceeding with the two trial phases as planned. The trial phases involve installation of home energy systems on 1,100 Housing SA homes. These are supported by a $2 million grant and a $30 million loan from the state government.

“Subject to private finance, and the first two phases’ success, the third phase could grow to up to 50,000 home batteries connected to new solar installations, and this is in addition to our government’s 40,000 home election commitment. Very simply, a Liberal government in South Australia means more, not fewer, batteries,” he said.

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