The state of South Australia has given the big finger to the Turnbull/Abbott gov and hired Elon Musk's Telsa company to build the worlds biggest battery storage system to address their electricity problems. It will go online in only days on Dec 1st.
This whilst in the Queensland election to be shortly held, the Liberal National party has pledged to insanely build a new coal fired power station. The federal gov continues to promote coal as a "baseload" power with no alternatives.
The South Australian premier recently clashed with the federal gov after the boffins in Canberra blamed the blackout they had the other month on the states high reliance on renewable energy. This was when electricity towers (which had nothing to do with renewables) that supplied South Australia we blown over by severe winds.
The Powerpack system aims to "stabilise the South Australian grid" and supply enough power for over 30,000 homes, which is about equal to the amount of homes that lost power in September.
In March 2017, the State Government announced a plan to create a A$150 million (US$114 million) fund made to support renewable energy projects. Tesla was selected from over 90 competitive bids to provide the entire energy storage component for Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm.
"While others are just talking, we are delivering our energy plan, making South Australia more self-sufficient, and providing back up power and more affordable energy for South Australians this summer," said Premier Jay Weatherill in a media statement.
"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." Mashable
|Turnbull gov blamed this on renewables :s|