December 1, 2017
In a landmark moment for renewable energy, Hornsdale Power Reserve,
featuring the world’s largest lithium ion battery, was launched today by
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Neoen Deputy CEO Romain
This means that, for the first time, clean and affordable wind energy
can be dispatched to the grid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether the
wind is blowing or not, improving system reliability.
Tesla powerpacks, connected to Neoen's Hornsdale windfarm, are now
operational and delivering power to the National Energy Market,
providing system security services to South Australia.
The ability to dispatch into the system when needed, also opens up the
opportunity for Hornsdale Power Reserve to sign competitive long term
contracts with medium-sized business directly.
Today’s launch follows a successful period of regulatory testing that
ensured the battery’s ability to both act as a generator and charge to
and from the National Energy Market.
The battery was delivered ahead of the State Government's deadline of
the beginning of summer, and well ahead of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's
self-imposed deadline of "100 days or it's free", just 63 days after the
grid connection-agreement was signed.
In March 2017, the State Government announced its Energy Plan, with the
objective of delivering cleaner, more affordable and more reliable
energy to South Australians.
This plan included building the nation’s largest battery, to store
renewable energy and have back up power for when we need it.
In July, following a competitive process, French renewable energy
company Neoen and US sustainable energy company Tesla, were awarded the
contract to deliver the project, which would be the world’s largest
lithium ion battery and installed near Jamestown.
Premier Jay Weatherill said, "South Australia is now leading the world
in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses
This is history in the making.
Neoen and Tesla approached the State Government with their bold plan to
deliver this project, and they have met all of their commitments,
ensuring South Australia has back up power this summer.
I want to express my gratitude to the workers who have constructed this
battery - they have every right to be proud of what they've
Deputy CEO, Romain Desrousseaux said, "We would like to acknowledge the
efficiency, support and vision of the South Australian Government to
bring the state to the forefront of global energy storage technology.
Neoen is focused on delivering long-term, sustainable energy solutions
to the country and ambitious projects like the Hornsdale Power Reserve
will contribute to South Australia leading the way into a clean energy
Neoen is pleased to be able to reinforce its Australian footprint
through the achievement of the Hornsdale Wind Farm & Battery and is
extremely proud to contribute further to the development of renewable
energy in Australia".
Tesla noted in a release, "The completion of the world’s largest
lithium-ion battery in record time shows that a sustainable, effective
energy solution is possible.
We are proud to be part of South Australia’s renewable energy future,
and hope this project provides a model for future deployments around the
The South Australian Government should be congratulated for ensuring
their energy supply is not only sustainable, but will help solve power
shortages, reduce variability, and manage summertime peak load."