The two companies are collaborating to develop a pipeline of multiple battery projects to build new transmission system services required to facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. The initial demonstration project, 1-MW in size, is targeted for deployment in 2016.
Together, Tesla and Gaelectric are focused on exploring the development and demonstration of innovative business models for energy storage within transmission systems. Specifically, exploring opportunities for other Tesla Energy products in residential and commercial applications. Ireland has many compelling features for the commercialisation of the Tesla Energy product range given its scale and ambitious renewable energy targets and favourable regulatory framework. Investigation of other European markets also forms part of the collaboration.
Tesla is amplifying efforts to accelerate the move away from fossil fuels to a sustainable energy future with Tesla batteries, enabling homes, business and utilities to store sustainable and renewable energy to manage power demand, provide backup power and increase grid resilience.
Brendan McGrath, Gaelectric Group CEO, said: "We are delighted to be associated with Tesla in introducing its battery systems to Ireland. As a renewable energy group with a pipeline of 500 MW of wind power in Ireland and energy storage projects in Ireland and Europe, Gaelectric has an obvious incentive to drive the adoption of technologies that facilitate the economic dispatch of wind and other renewable sources."