Tesla won its first contract with Vestas, the world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines, to supply its Powerpack batteries for the project combining Tesla’s solar, wind and storage technologies.
The project, with a budget of 160 million dollars, is managed by the company Windlab in Kennedy Energy Park (North Queensland, Australia). Windlab recently announced that it has received funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and has selected Tesla, Vestas and Quanta as business partners.
The Tesla / Vestas project at Kennedy Energy Park will feature 12 Vestas wind turbines, each 132 meters (433 feet) high, the tallest in Australia. Tesla’s battery storage technology is particularly useful in places like Queensland, which have strong winds, but only at certain times of the day.
The Tesla Powerpacks will allow wind power generated in the afternoon to be used throughout the day as needed. The project is expected to be completed in about a year and be fully operational by the end of next year. When completed, the project is expected to create 100 local jobs and provide clean, green electricity to 35,000 Australian households.
“Kennedy Energy Park will demonstrate how effective the combination of wind, solar and storage generation can be in delivering clean, reliable and low-cost energy for Australia’s future,” said Roger Price, President executive and CEO by Windlab.
This news about Powerpacks comes on top of Tesla’s efforts to bring its battery and microgrid storage technology to Puerto Rico and other parts of Australia, in what is expected to be the world’s largest battery facility.