Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Tesla battery packs power the Hawaiian island of Kauai after dark

Tesla battery packs power the Hawaiian island of Kauai after dark

To make sure that there is a working model, the island of Kauai was chosen for its strategic location.

According to TechCrunch, one of the most notable advantages of this solar power facility is that it can capture solar energy at the peak hours of day time when the sun rises at the highest stake and can also store the energy to apply and utilise it at the peak power consumption hours at night. What happens when the sun sets?

On Wednesday, representatives from Tesla Inc. and Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), as well as dignitaries from throughout Hawaii, were on-hand for a blessing ceremony of the state's first dispatchable solar energy plant.

The Hawaiian Island of Kauai plans to generate 70 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030 and to completely wean itself from fossil-generated electricity by 2045.

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The farm includes almost 300 Tesla Powerpack batteries, which provide 52 MWh of capacity and will allow the farm to sell stored power during the evening. This solar farm sends juice to the Powerpack storage facility that has a total capacity of 52 MWh. Previously Tesla installed a microgrid of solar panels and batteries to power the island of Ta'u in American Samoa. For Tesla, it's the ideal avenue to demonstrate how they can deploy solar facilities like the one in Kauai to the rest of the world.

Tesla Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel attributed analyst scepticism to the fact that solar and energy storage form a new market.

This does not mean that the island of Kauai is going to be totally free from its dependence on fossil fuels, but it will continue to rely on diesel that is shipped to the island to handle the remainder power requirements. The Powerpack installation is created to output around 13 megawatts of power during peak evening times.

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