First utility-scale Tesla battery being installed in Europe


As energy storage solutions become more in vogue in is little surprise to see big global brands such as Tesla muscling in on the industry. This landmark event is just the latest move that Tesla has made in various energy storage markets around the world, as the company looks to become one of the top global providers of residential- and utility-scale storage solutions.

The Tesla Powerpack is the company’s large-scale storage offering that is specifically designed to work with solar PV sites, whether they be utility-scale or commercial in size, as it can be scaled to space, power and energy requirements.

U.K.-based developer Camborne Energy Storage is working with EPC Poweri services for the installation, that is being completed at a ground-mounted solar PV site in Somerset. Camborne hopes that this solution will prove successful, as it looks to deploy battery storage across the U.K.

“The development of Tesla’s first European grid-tied system is an exciting step forward for Camborne and Tesla in terms of our respective storage strategies,” commented Managing Director of Camborne Dan Taylor. “The project is another success for storage development in the U.K. and being co-located with a renewable generation site, should offer significant benefits to all stakeholders.”

Incorporating such energy storage units is moving the energy system in the right direction, as it will help it improve efficiency and allow it to more easily incorporate renewable energy sources. Tesla has already set its stall out as a major player in the energy storage market, and installed its first residential offering to a home PV array earlier in the year.

The first Tesla Powerwall was installed in the UK in March at a home in Essex. It was a 7.2 kW Tesla Powerwall that was connected to a 4.5 kW rooftop PV array.