Cargill, Tesla, PG&E install energy storage at meat packing plant

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Cargill has collaborated with Tesla and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), to install Tesla's Energy Storage product at the company's Fresno beef processing facility.

Tesla's batteries help to reduce energy costs by storing electricity at off-peak use times, then using it during peak periods.

In total, the Tesla energy storage batteries have a 1 MW capacity that will be charged daily from the existing PG&E electricity grid system during off-peak hours, when electricity rates are lowest.

The electricity stored in the batteries will then be used when rates are the highest each day during peak use times. By doing so, Cargill is reducing its contribution to the daily state power peak, when less environmentally friendly electricity generation might otherwise be required to meet demand.

Electric utility cost savings are estimated to be more than $100,000 annually. As the first large-scale battery installation at a Cargill meat processing facility, the company hopes to learn from this project for future potential use of this technology at its plants around the world.

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