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Powerpacks for LA's peak
Posted: 16 March 2017

Many years ago, we wrote a MindBullet about big batteries that could power a city, especially in those peak periods in the evening, when everyone is heading home and cooking dinner. That's always been one of the headaches with solar power - what do you do when the sun goes down, and all those households with rooftop solar start downloading from the grid?

Well it seems Tesla has the answer in its Powerpacks, which can be scaled out to help utilities meet the peak. It might not be a whole city, but one of the first such installations near LA can power 15,000 houses for four hours, which is pretty useful. We can expect these battery storage solutions to become cheaper and more mainstream as the technology advances and enjoys economies of scale. These big battery farms might not be pretty, but they do work!

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