Tesla has deployed first 100 Powerwalls for virtual power plant in South Australia

Tesla has deployed first 100 Powerwalls for virtual power plant in South Australia

US electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors has deployed the first 100 Powerwalls project for a virtual power plant in South Australia. As a result of the deployment, a Powerwall and a 5 kW solar array have already been received by 100 households.

The deployment of the Powerwalls by Tesla has come as a result of a deal which the company had reached the South Australian government earlier in 2018. The deal pertained to the creation of a massive virtual power plant, via the installation of solar arrays and Powerwalls on up to 50,000 homes.

Though the ‘virtual power plant’ initiative was hit by a delay because of a new government coming to power, Tesla finally got the go-ahead from the new government also, on the condition that it gets financing for the initiative.

According to reports, the deployment of the first Powerwalls by Tesla in South Australia is already having a huge impact. A recent coverage by local news station 9 Adelaide showed a substantial reduction in electricity bill -- from over $500 per quarter to just $175 -- for a public housing tenant in the city, after the installation of the Powerwall system.

With the first 100 installations of Powerwall projects having been completed by Tesla in South Australia, the company is now aiming at the deployment of 1,000 more projects in the next few weeks.