Tesla Receives Largest Megapack Battery Order EverAugust 8, 2020
Switch and Capital Dynamics have selected Tesla as the premier battery supplier for data centers and a solar power plant in Nevada. The total energy capacity of the project will be 555 MW, and Tesla is committed to providing 800 MWh Megapack batteries, Electrek reports. At the same time, the cost of energy for the clients of the project will not exceed 5 cents per kilowatt hour.
The project called Gigawatt 1 was announced back in 2018, but all this time Switch could not decide on the contractors. The best option in the end turned out to be Tesla, which makes Powerpack battery packs just at the Gigafactory in Nevada. And solar panels in the amount of 1,000 pieces will be supplied by First Solar.
As a result, Tesla received the largest order for Megapack batteries in the company’s history – the new station will be 8 times more powerful than its first project in South Australia, which made Tesla’s industrial energy storage system famous. The Australian Hornsdale Power Reserve has a capacity of “only” 100 MWh.
According to Tesla, one Megapack has a storage capacity of up to 3 MWh and a 1.5 MW inverter. This means that under its contract with Switch, the company will have to supply 267 Megapack batteries.
Switch plans to spend $ 1.3 billion on the project and create more than 1,000 new jobs to service it by the end of next year.
Once the plan is approved by the authorities, Switch will split the Gigawatt 1 project into three blocks. The first will be located on the Citadel campus, the second will power the Tahoe Reno 1 data center, and the third will be dedicated to its own Switch data center.
Switch says that the cost of electricity for users of the system will not exceed 5 cents per kilowatt-hour, while the company’s customers will have access to cheap and 100% renewable energy for decades.
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