Tesla’s mega-battery has begun distributing power to a power grid in South Australia.
The world’s largest lithium-ion battery was officially activated on December 1.
The 100-megawatt battery has actually provided some power since November 30 due to demand caused by local hot weather.
South Australia has recently been crippled by electricity problems.
Tesla founder Elon Musk promised to build the battery within 100 days – a promise that was fulfilled.
South Australian Prime Minister Jay Weatherill said on December 1: “It’s a story that is being made.”
Elon Musk and Tesla to build world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia
The battery will prevent a repeat of last year’s infamous accident, in which all of South Australia lost power, said Jay Weatherla.
Elon Musk described it as three times more powerful than the next largest battery in the world.
The idea began when Elon Musk was asked on Twitter if he seriously wanted to help solve electricity problems in South Australia.
The head of Tesla said it was – adding that if the battery is not built within 100 days, South Australia will receive it for free.
The countdown began on September 30th, after a plan was approved by the state government and regulators. Tesla completed the battery in about 60 days.
Located near Jamestown, about 125 miles north of Adelaide, the battery is connected to a wind farm run by French energy company Neoen.
When fully charged, the battery can power up to 30,000 homes in an hour. However, it will be used mainly to support and stabilize existing electricity supplies.
The mega-battery consists of a network that works on the same technology that powers Tesla cars.
In a statement, Tesla said that the completion of the battery “shows that a sustainable and efficient energy solution is possible.”