Tesla Is Building a Virtual Solar Plant With 50,000 Homes

Aside from the major benefit of implementing clean energy, citizens will also pay lower energy bills.

Feb 13, 2018

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While Tesla has drastically impacted the auto industry, it’s their renewable energy efforts that may make the most impact on society.



The company is giving Australians a solar-powered lift by helping create a completely emissions-free “virtual power plant.”

South Australia’s government will install both battery storage systems and solar panels (
Tesla's Powerwall 2.0) for 50,000 homes throughout the state over the next four years.

Because the homes are already connected to an energy grid, any collected energy can go and release where and when it’s needed on the grid.

Aside from the major benefit of implementing clean energy, citizens will also pay lower energy bills.

The energy generated could reach 250,000 megawatts, equivalent to a small coal power plant.

In the first wave of the project, more than 1,000 homes have already started the process with 24,000 more to come.

Eventually, more people across the state will be able to tap into the energy-generating efforts as well, moving us closer to nations run on cleaner energy.

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