Tesla to supply batteries to 100MW energy storage facility in California

Once fully operational, the facility will supply on-demand energy to as many as 80,000 homes and businesses

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UK-based renewable energy firm Strata Solar has chosen Tesla to provide the batteries for the 100MW/400MWh Ventura Energy Storage (VES) facility in California.

Strata Solar will begin construction on the project in July 2020 – said to be one of US’s largest battery energy storage projects, it will help the region transition away from relying on natural gas as its primary energy source.

The facility is expected to supply on-demand energy to as many as 80,000 homes and businesses in California, in addition to generating more than $3 million (£2.4m).

Ventura County CEO, Mike Powers, said: “The Project will help to ensure local energy reliability, and in the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff the facility will convey stored energy to the grid, providing power to our local homes and businesses.

“This will help keep the lights on when some need it most. We appreciate these types of projects especially as we adopt strategies to stimulate our local economy following the economic impacts of Covid-19.”

Under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement signed last year, the energy generated by Strata Solar’s Ventura Energy Storage project will be sold to Southern California Edison (SCE), a subsidiary of Edison International.