Tesla turns on the switch

The world’s largest lithium ion battery was launched by Premier Jay Weatherill at the Hornsdale Power Reserve near Jamestown, marking the first day of summer. 

The Friday launch came in time of Tesla CEO, Elon Musk’s ‘100 days or it is free’ deadline, launching just 63 days after the grid connection-agreement was signed. 

For the first time, clean and affordable wind energy will be dispatched to the grid, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether or not the wind is blowing.  

Premier Jay Weatherill was proud to say that South Australia is now leading the world in dispatchable renewable energy, delivered to homes and businesses 24/7. 

“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 their committments, ensuring South Australia has back up power this summer.”

Mr Weatherill stood tall in the announcement, proving to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball that South Australia has made a forceful comeback since the September 28 blackout in 2016

“He criticised us and blamed us for the blackout, he shouldn't have done that, that was a wrong thing to do and what he should now do is acknowledge our leadership in renewable energy.”

“This is something to be proud of, this isn’t just a South Australian achievement, it is a national achievement and we stand tall on the world stage, exercising the function of leadership in relation to renewable energy and the nation should be proud of it.”

Standing with the Premier was Neoen’s Deputy CEO, Romain Desrousseaux, who too stood in pride at the launching of the battery.

“Neoen is pleased to be able to reinforce its Australian footprint through the achievement of the Hornsdale wind farm and battery and is extremely proud to contribute further to the development of renewable energy in Australia.”

“Neoen is focused on delivering long-term, sustainable energy solutions to the country and ambitious projects like this will contribute to South Australia leading the way into a clean energy future.”

The Northern Areas Mayor, Dennis Clarke says that the flow on effects from the construction are huge. 

“I wouldn’t like to put a figure on it, but for some of the local businesses, Jamestown, Laura, Gladstone and around our council area, it’s been very, very good.” 

Friday’s launch follows a successful period of regulatory testing, ensuring the battery can act as a generator and charge to and from the National Energy Market.

The $50 million 100 megawatt battery will be paid for by taxpayers across the coming decade.