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PG&E deploys its first Tesla Powerpack battery storage station

Pacific Gas and Electric has gone live with its first utility-scale, lithium-ion battery storage system.

The storage substation, located about 50 miles north of Sacramento, is made of 22 Tesla Powerpacks, each the size of a refrigerator. In all, the 500-kilowatt (KW) substation can store up to 2000KW hours (KWh) of power, enough to power up to 380 typical homes. The batteries can discharge at full power for four hours.

Co-located with PG&E’s Browns Valley, Calif. substation, the battery facility will be used to balance energy supply and demand, as well as improve power quality and reliability for customers, the company said.

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