Tesla, South Australia to build world's largest virtual power plant

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The South Australia government has announced plans to install rooftop solar panel systems and Tesla Powerwall-2 batteries in 50,000 residential homes over the next four years.

The equipment generate power and provide electricity for each home, while collectively forming a virtual power plant with a 250-megawatt capacity.

Any excess energy will feed into the main power grid, to be used to supply electricity to other homes, or during an emergency.

Participants will still need to pay for any electricity they use, but will save 30% on their electric bill. Their homes will also be protected from blackouts.

The first trial for the project is currently ongoing, with systems being installed at Housing Trust homes first, before being offered to other South Australian households.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Tesla solar panels and batteries to be fitted onto 50,000 homes
2. Depiction of how the solar panels and batteries work
3. Excess electricity from each home feeds into main power grid
4. Homes save on electricity costs, protected from blackouts

VOICEOVER (in English):

"The South Australia government will be installing rooftop solar panel systems and Tesla Powerwall-2 batteries in 50,000 residential homes over the next four years."

"The equipment generate power and provide electricity for each home, while collectively forming a virtual power plant with a 250-megawatt capacity."

"Any excess energy will feed into the main power grid, to be used to supply electricity to other homes, or during an emergency."

"Participants will still need to pay for any electricity they use, but will save 30% on their electric bill. Their homes will also be protected from blackouts."

SOURCES:
Government of South Australia
http://ourenergyplan.sa.gov.au/virtual-power-plant