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Tesla power plant comes on line

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by OLD BOATER, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. OLD BOATER

    OLD BOATER Member

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    The city next to where I live has just brought a new TESLA power plant on line with the co-operation of SoCal Edison. It is 20 megawatts and can power 2,500 homes for a day. It was brought on line in only 88 days as compared to years! There was no need for water or gas lines to be installed. The batteries were built in the Gigafactory in Sparks,NV which I hadn't even read was in production already.
     
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  2. phaduman

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    And solar panels from SolarCity? What square feet area,# of panels, panel efficiency etc?
     
  3. gjunky

    gjunky Trifecta: Solar and both cars are EVs

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    No, it is just the battery system. They use it to replace a peak plant (additional power plant used only during high power usages)
     
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    RubberToe Supporting the greater good

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    got it, thx!
     
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    Especially in California I have to imagine that it is easier to control the temperature of the batteries if they sit in the shade.

    For example under a bunch of solar panels.

    For the specific installation there seems to have been pressure to go online quickly, but I could imagine that coming buffer facilities would include solar panels.

    Btw, since a buffer of batteries does not produce power (but rather consumes power), I think it should not be referred to as a power plant (as in the title?) - even if it can supplant one.
     

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