Canada’s Nova Scotia Power recently finished setting up a pilot project that uses a combination of Tesla’s Powerwall 2 home batteries and utility-grade power pack batteries to create a more reliable wind power system.
Engadget reported that the Elmsdale-based Intelligent Feeder Project fills gaps in the electrical grid by topping up the Powerpacks whenever a nearby wind turbine system generates excess power, and delivering that stored energy to local homes when there’s an outage or the turbine system falls short.
The test run, which is partly backed by Canada‘s federal government, is projected to go live before the end of February and will last until 2019. However, the Powerpacks will remain after everything is over.
Whether or not it expands to other locations depends on Nova Scotia Power, during this time the power utility will be watching closely to see how well the Tesla hardware helps both residents and its bottom line.
The Elmsdale battery station under the experiment serve a modest 300 homes, meanwhile only 10 customers have Powerwall 2 batteries.
This Canadian pilot is expected to show the future of electricity for rural communities.
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