New Tesla Video Showcases World’s Largest Virtual Power Plant

JUL 24 2018 BY MARK KANE 10

Tesla once again is pioneering the energy storage market in Australia – this time supplying Powerwalls to South Australian Virtual Power Plant.

The VPP project envisions at least 50,000 home solar and Powerwalls installed to both strengthen the grid and to lower the electricity bills for consumers.

The first 100 systems from the trial phase of 1,100 were already installed. Later, solar systems and Powerwalls are to be installed at 24,000 public housing properties and 25,000 private properties with government support.

The overall power and capacity of the Virtual Power Plant in few years to be:

  • 250 MW of power
  • 650MWh of energy

Tesla recently released video about the Virtual Power Plant project:

South Australia seems to be an especially friendly place for Tesla, as in 2017 the company delivered world’s largest 100 MW/129 MWh energy storage system in SA.

Heare is more details about the VPP project:

Meet the world’s largest virtual power plant

Tesla Powerwall 2.0

Tesla with support from the South Australian government is developing a network of at least 50,000 home solar PV and Powerwall battery systems across South Australia – all working together to form the world’s largest virtual power plant.

The new 250 megawatt virtual power plant is designed to:

  • lower energy prices
  • provide increased stability to the grid
  • provide protection during a grid outage
  • increase customer’s visibility of their energy use via a real-time app
  • reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Beginning with trial phases involving 1,100 SA Housing Trust properties, home energy systems comprising of a 5kW solar PV system, 5kW/13.5kWh Tesla Powerwall home battery and a smart meter are being installed at participating households.

Since its launch, the program has received over 37,000 online registrations of interest.

The trial phases are proceeding as planned and the first 100 systems have been installed on SA Housing Trust homes. Installation of a further 1,000 systems on SA Housing Trust homes will test these energy systems operating together as a virtual power plant.

Subject to the success of the trials, program financing, and the satisfaction of both Tesla and the Government in the final program design, the full program will be rolled out to a further 24,000 public housing properties and 25,000 private properties from mid-2019.

Analysis by Frontier Economics shows the new 250MW power plant is expected to lower energy bills for participating households by around 30 per cent. Additionally, all South Australians will benefit, with lower energy prices and increased energy stability.

The South Australian government has also made a further commitment of $100 million to help deliver 40,000 home batteries through a Household Storage Subsidy Scheme. Details of this Scheme will be announced later this year.

More about South Australia’s Virtual Power Plant here.

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In Europe there are already several Virtual Power Plants which have exceeded 1 GW of aggregated power..

Depends on what kind of “virtual power plant” you are taking about I guess. I’m pretty certain nothing close to that exists in terms of virtual power plants made of home batteries. Last I heard, all of Germany had a couple thousand home battery deployments…

Tesla really needs to get the power walls up and running so they can send Australia at least 500 to 1000 new power walls a week.

If Tesla can get 250,000 new power walls into a section of Australia we might get to witness Tesla slaughtering a coal power plant due to this.

Not just Australia, they really need to make more for the US market too.
Although home battery is not a new technology, but Tesla makes them popular in the past year or two. Few of my friends installed solar system this year all included a battery in their system. None of them using Tesla battery because it’s not available immediately, so they end up using others. Tesla’s lost.

Tell me about it. We ordered one a year ago, only to have the install date pushed back three times. The latest feedback we got was that they have put all installs on hold, and will start scheduling again in 2019!

There are some indications that they have been ramping significantly recently…

250,000 residential solar+battery systems surely should slaughter more than just one coal power plant?…

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

They never mention how these are configured.
Are the powerwalls on an automatic tranfer switch so when the grid goes out the transfer switch is triggered and the house runs on the powerwall or does the house still go dark when the grid goes offline?

Would be nice to know how these are configured.

Considering that many people in Australia seem to be getting Powerwalls specifically to avoid blackouts, I doubt there is even an option for the Powerwall to shut off when the grid goes down… I see not technical reason for doing that.

This is brilliant!! This is what is possible with intelligence and foresight. Congrats to Tesla and Australia! I am impressed. We could do this here in the US! Between wind and solar, the “base load” would be distributed across the populated regions of the country – something that is harder to completely collapse (anyone remember the Northeast blackout some years ago???) and harder to sabotage by domestic or foreign interests.