The California desert is renowned for the large #solar projects that are being developed on it. And now, it seems it may house the world’s largest solar #battery. A company in the energy sector is aiming to build an impressive solar farm in the desert. And they need a battery to store all of that solar energy, of course. According to initial information, the battery may become the largest in the world – larger than #Tesla’s solar battery in Australia.
In fact, initial reports show that the new battery will be three times larger than that of Tesla. If the world watched in awe as Tesla built that huge battery a year ago, imagine the attention this solar battery will get.
The new solar farm, along with the battery, will be located just east of Palm Springs, near the Mule Mountains. The project, dubbed Crimson, will extend over more than 2500 acres put at the company’s disposal by the government.
The mastermind behind this huge solar project is Recurrent Energy, a company which has recently petitioned the government to allow them to build the largest solar battery ever seen. The photovoltaic power facility will have a capacity of 350 megawatts and the battery will be able to store up to 350 megawatts of solar energy.
The Solar Industry Is Taking Off
At the time of writing, the largest solar battery is owned by Tesla and can hold just up to 100 megawatts. #Elon Musk’s company inaugurated the plant and the battery just last year in Australia. Now, there is a great chance it will lose first place in a not-so-distant future. Things in the solar industry are moving at a very rapid pace indeed.
However, there is still a long way to go until Recurrent actually builds the battery. At the moment, the company does not have a buyer for the electricity it will produce near Palm Springs. Also, obtaining a permit from the government may take years, unfortunately.
In any case, the fact that a company aims to build a solar installation of this magnitude and construct a battery of this size is encouraging, to say the least. The clean energy industry needs innovation, and batteries are one of the most important parts of any PV project. Things are out of balance at the moment.
In California, there is plenty of solar energy for everyone when the sun is shining. However, as soon as sun goes down, almost everyone relies on gas- and oil-fired plants. Large capacity solar batteries can help solve this problem by storing excess energy that is produced during the day and feeding it into the grid during the night.
The fact that the price of solar batteries has significantly decreased over the last couple of years has encouraged energy industry players to build more batteries and of larger capacity. And the fact that Recurrent wants to build a battery that is three times that of Tesla’s is a very good sign that the industry is moving forward.
It is not yet known how much energy the 350-megawatt solar battery can store, as this depends on a multitude of factors. And in any case, the size of the battery depends largely on the demand in the market. But larger batteries are definitely needed in California, that’s for sure. Follow solar news to stay on top of the latest and greatest developments!