Tesla releases incredible view of its new solar power station, 13MW with 54,978 solar panels

The 13-megawatts solar energy station with 52-megawatts hour storage capacity will power Hawaii at night.


The Hawaiian Island of Kauai plans to generate 70 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030 and to completely wean itself from fossil-generated electricity by 2045.

Currently, Kauai burns millions of gallons of fossil fuels annually to produce energy at night. Until now.



In its biggest project yet, since the company acquired the solar cell giant SolarCity, Tesla just built a 13-megawatt solar power station on the island. The installation consists of 54,978 solar panels covering 44 acres (18 hectares).

The solar cells will charge a 52-megawatt hour Tesla Powerpack battery station storing the solar energy produced during the day and deliver it to the grid during the evening hours to reduce the amount of fossil fuels needed to meet energy demand.

For some background info, Kauai, is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. It’s nicknamed “the Garden Isle” thanks to the tropical rain forest covering much of its surface.

The dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coast have served as a backdrop for major Hollywood films, while 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails traversing the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge are hiking destinations.

More Stories From Around the Web:

Related Stories

  1. 52-megawatts hour storage?

    I think the correct phrasing would be “storage of 52 Megawatt-hours”, or 52 MWh.

  2. It was fantastic project and will be furue energy , could you share the cost of project since the storage cost still a problem . What’s the business model PPA or others model .
    Regards

Comments are closed.

What to Read Next:

As solar becomes “grid popular”, prices go down: Questions?

Wind and solar energy are growing rapidly in the U.S. As these energy sources become a bigger part of the...

Don’t wait for a unicorn: Investing in low-carbon energy technologies today will save money

Researchers from Imperial College London say if Britain invested more in today's low-carbon energy technologies, it would save more money...

Burden of proof: Can we get 100% of our energy from renewable sources?

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs? What happens...

Tesla releases Powerwall 2 update—adds time-based control

The latest Powerwall 2 update from Tesla now allows "time-based controls" giving owners—of the energy storage system—the ability to control...

Solar panels in the shadow of the Ontario election

Ontario’s solar industry took off under the FIT and MicroFIT programs and has continued, though at a slower pace, with...