Tesla's battery farm stores energy created from renewable sources like solar panels and wind farm, then feeds it into the national grid when demand is high.
Connected to Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, three hours' drive from Adelaide, the Powerpack system is an attempt to alleviate some of the state's severe energy issues.
Billionaire Elon Musk's giant battery being built in the Australian outback will be energized in coming days and begin testing, indicating Tesla Inc.is on track to meet a 100-day self-imposed deadline to install the system.
Charged using energy generated from a neighbouring windfarm operated by French company Neoen, Tesla's construct comes after Musk tweeted the promise during a series of blackouts which hit the Australian state in February. The idea is to solve some of South Australia's not-insignificant power issues by plonking a enormous rechargeable battery in the middle of nowhere. Musk said that the clock would start when the contract was signed, and on that day (September 29th), the project was actually about half done, as the photo above shows.
Musk had some wiggle room: By the time the agreement was actually signed on September 29, Tesla had already completed half the project.
South Australia Premier Jay Wetherill said: "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".
Musk's Powerpack is created to "stabilise the South Australian grid" by providing enough power to supply tens of thousands of homes.
"It sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader in renewable energy with battery storage".
'Thirty thousand SA households could not get through watching one episode of Australia's Ninja Warrior with this big battery, so let's not pretend it is a solution'.
Musk said in July the cost to Tesla would be '$50 million [US $39 million/ £29 million] or more' if it failed to deliver the project on time.