Tesla has officially opened its 13 MW solar farm on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
The farm’s 54,978 solar panels in tandem with its 52 MWh battery installation will help the island reduce fossil fuel consumption by about 1.6 million gallons of diesel and petroleum per year.
Now the farm is open, the island of Kauai will run on roughly 44 percent renewable energy, a huge improvement from their 92 percent dependence on fossil fuel in 2011. The new energy project has been developed by Tesla for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, and is the biggest solar storage facility in the world according to KIUC president and CEO David Bissell.
Tesla’s project marks the first time a solar facility has been able to successfully and reliably deliver power 24 hours a day, meaning a big step towards countries being able to run on 100 percent renewable energy.
The company are hoping that their work in Kauai will act as a demonstration of just what their technologies can do for other commercial energy providers around the world, and on a small scale basis for residential usage.