The world’s largest Virtual Power Plant

The government of South Australia has unveiled a plan to roll out a network of at least 50,000 home solar and battery systems.

The systems, which use Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries, will form the world’s largest virtual power plant.

The first trial includes 1,100 properties, where a 5kW solar panel system and 13.5kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 battery will be installed at no charge to the household.

It will then be financed through the sale of electricity.

Following the trial, systems are set to be installed at a further 24,000 properties.

A similar deal will then be offered to all South Australian households, with a plan for at least 50,000 households to participate over the next four years.

An analysis shows the 250MW plant is expected to lower energy bills for households by 30%.

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The world’s largest Virtual Power Plant