On-site power from Tesla batteries for US buildings

A US realtor has announced plans to create a fleet of hybrid-electric buildings powered by battery energy storage systems from Tesla Energy.

California-based Irvine Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with microgrid firm Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to install the battery systems at each building. The batteries will be charged during non-peak hours and will be used for on-site power during peak daytime hours or in the event of a power failure, Irvine Company said.

The project’s first phase is planned to include up to 24 office buildings in the city of Irvine, and is expected to reduce the buildings’ peak demand by 25% as well as providing up to 10 MW of reserve power capacity.

AMS and renewable power firm SunEdison are to finance, install and operate the Powerpack commercial battery systems from Tesla Energy. The first units are expected to be installed by the end of this year.  

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