|The clean green vision|
What a slap in the face for the federal Lieberals by the South Australian state Labor gov. The feds blamed the state gov for the statewide blackout a while back when a big storm blew over electricity line towers, saying it was because SA was relying too much on Green energy.
This created outrage by the SA premier, who publicly took issue with the gov on live TV, pretty much ripping the gov a new asshole. The state gov then went ahead to allocate bazillions to a green energy battery storage system from a big wind farm still under construction there. Said batteries would step in during times of energy shortfall to provide power stability. Or I guess to use the federal Lieberals, "Energy Security". Note the hint of TERROR© in that quote from the Lieberals.
This new system is significant in two very important ways. Firstly, that it will be three times bigger than any other battery storage system on Earth. Secondly, that it's happening in Australia under a federal gov that doesn't believe in climate change and wants to build a carbon bomb coal mine of mass destruction in Queensland. Giving Adani $1 billion of tax payers money to do so.
Yet suddenly, the state of Adelaide is now at the forefront of the world of new Green energy. No need for a $1 billion dollar railway. No danger to the Great Barrier Reef. No wrecking of the land with coal mining. Just a big storage area. What's more, Musk has promised SA to build it within 100 days of contract signing or it's free.
South Australia will be home to the world's largest lithium ion battery thanks to a historic agreement between Tesla and the State Government, with Tesla boss Elon Musk promising to build it in 100 days, or it's free.
Tesla will build the 100-megawatt battery which will store energy from French renewable company Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, which is still under construction.
The project will be in place before summer.
Mr Musk's '100 days or it's free' pledge starts once the grid interconnection agreement has been signed.
South Australia has been battling power problems since a statewide blackout in September 2016.
In response, the State Government announced a raft of measures to improve stability, including building a 100-megawatt (129 megawatt hour) battery, and owning and operating a $360 million gas-fired plant.
The Government said the battery would put the state at the forefront of global energy storage technology.
The battery will stabilise the network at all times and will provide back-up power if there is a shortfall. ABC
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