SA Tesla battery project taken on by CPP

Wednesday, 16 August, 2017

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South Australia’s grid-scale Tesla battery project will be undertaken by Consolidated Power Projects (CPP).

There will be approximately 50 CPP workers employed on the project.

CPP will carry out the engineering and construction work required to connect the Tesla battery to both the Hornsdale wind farm and South Australia’s power grid.

The work includes updating the substation and installing the batteries and inverters being supplied by Tesla. It also includes integrating the battery’s storage control and metering systems with Neoen and Electranet’s existing systems.

“This project will position South Australia at the forefront of battery storage technology and it’s great that leading local company CPP will be a key part of that journey,” said Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis.

The construction of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery is a key component of the SA government’s plan to take charge of the state’s energy future.

The battery will operate at all times, providing stability services to the South Australian grid, which both Tesla and Neoen have said will lower power prices for South Australians.

Neoen, who own the Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown, will also sell the battery’s surplus capacity to the market, adding competition and putting downward pressure on power prices. The battery is on track to be operational by 1 December.

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