Tesla has over 120 operational microgrids around the world using its batteries and renewable energy, according to a new comment from an executive.
Ever since the launch of Tesla Energy and its stationary energy storage products, Tesla started working on microgrid projects.
The idea is to have a self-sufficient energy system using self-produced renewable energy stored in batteries and supplying a small community or facility.
After the acquisition of SolarCity, it made even more sense for Tesla to get into the microgrid business since it now had expertise with both batteries and solar power.
The first flagship microgrid project with SolarCity was on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa, where Tesla deployed a microgrid consisting of a 1.4-megawatt solar array and a 6-megawatt hour energy storage system with 60 Tesla Powerpacks:
The microgrid saved the nearly 600 residents of the island more than 100,000 gallons of fuel per year previously used to supply them with electricity.
Tesla has kept deploying microgrids since, and we now learn that the company has over 120 of them in operations around the world.
Michael Snyder, director of engineering and construction, energy projects at Tesla, released the information in a Linkedin post about a new position on the microgrid team:read more