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Power of social media launches world's largest battery at world record pace

The speed with which the world’s largest lithium-ion battery has been commissioned and completed by Tesla in South Australia has been extraordinary, the Clean Energy Council said today.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton congratulated the South Australian Government for its leadership in delivering world-beating technology at a world record pace.

“Our energy system is changing fast, and the energy storage installed next to the Hornsdale 3 wind farm shows just how fast modern solutions can be delivered to meet the challenges confronting our ageing power grid,” Mr Thornton said.

“Just as amazing is the power of social media to get things moving, given it is now less than a year since a deal was half-brokered between two tech billionaires on Twitter.

“I would like to congratulate the South Australian Government, along with our members Tesla and Neoen for an important project which will help to secure the state’s power supply in time for a hot summer.

“This project has helped to elevate South Australia onto the world stage and highlight the remarkable progress of renewable energy in the state. I suspect it will be the first of many energy storage projects in the future, as the cost of energy storage continues to fall.

These new wind, solar and storage projects are helping to reduce the cost of power, as shown by recent analysis commissioned by the Federal Government for its National Energy Guarantee. The projects built under the Renewable Energy Target will reduce the cost of electricity by hundreds of dollars a year for households, as well as cutting the cost of wholesale energy for industrial power users.

“SA has now met its 50 per cent renewable energy target almost a decade early, and has been well ahead of the field in the many initiatives it has introduced to reduce emissions and encourage a cleaner energy supply,” he said.

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.