The first Tesla grid-scale Powerpack installation in Europe is to be installed at a solar PV site in Somerset, by large-scale storage developer Camborne Energy Storage.

The batteries are being co-located with ground mounted solar PV and the combined installation will have a capacity of 1MW, enough to power over 500 homes.

Camborne said it has selected this design to demonstrate the ability to provide a balanced grid and “grow its ambitions for pioneering co-located energy systems throughout the UK.”

The batteries are expected to be commissioned in the next three weeks.

The Tesla Powerpacks have been produced specifically to operate and integrate seamlessly with the solar PV site to improve efficiency and provide ancillary services to National Grid.

Powerpack is Tesla’s utility and business energy storage system which is modular and can be scaled to the space, power and energy requirements of a commercial or industrial site.

Camborne managing director Dan Taylor said: “The development of Tesla’s first European grid-tied system is an exciting step forward for Camborne and Tesla in terms of our respective storage strategies.

“This project is another success for storage development in the UK and being co-located with a renewable generation site, should offer significant benefits to all stakeholders.”

Last week it was reported that Tesla has won a bid to supply 20 megawatts of grid-scale power in Southern California to prevent electricity shortages by the end of this year.

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