Tesla plugs first energy plant into UK grid
TESLA has equipped a new energy storage plant in Dorset, capable of powering 17,000 homes, in the firm’s first major foray into the UK power sector.
The car maker is supplying its Megapack high-capacity batteries, and Auto- bidder control software, to British business Harmony Energy and Spanish company FRV for a site in Poole which will store electricity generated by wind and release it to the grid when needed.
It is the first time either technology has been used in the UK, industry sources say. Tesla declined to comment. Earlier this year, the company took its first step towards becoming an energy provider in Britain by applying to regulator Ofgem for a licence to generate electricity. The application did not make clear why Tesla had applied. Tesla’s systems – con- nected to the Southern Electric Power distribution network – will form the backbone of Harmony’s battery storage site in Poole. The California-based company’s lithium-ion batteries will provide a combined capacity of 15 megawatts to Dorset and its surrounding areas, storing energy and providing flexibility to the grid.
Experts predict that such large-scale batteries will be essential in the future to manage power demand as fossil fuels are phased out. Harmony hopes to build several more battery energy storage plants in the UK.