South Australia: The World’s largest Virtual power plant will be coming in Southern Australia where homes can generate their own electricity and also supply it to the power grid if there is surplus.
Going into the details, Elon Musk’s Tesla has announced partnership with the South Australia government and is on a mission mode to build the world’s largest virtual power plant.
According to the news reported in ibtimes, on its website, the government said that “Beginning with a trial of 1100 Housing Trust properties, a 5kW solar panel system and 13.5kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 battery will be installed at no charge to the household and financed through the sale of electricity.”
The website also reads that “A 250MW/650MWh power plant (which is how big the virtual power plant will be at the end of the 4.5 year schedule for installation of 50,000 systems) can meet around 20% of South Australia’s average daily energy requirements (or power approximately 75,000 homes),” and further adds that “By comparison, it is 2.5 times the size of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, the ‘Tesla Powerpack (100MW/129MWh).”
In the next four years, to build the virtual power plant, 50,000 home solar and battery systems across South Australia will be rolled out.