In the California desert, a battery project looms over Native land

“Last year, Tesla plugged in a 100-megawatt battery in Australia — the biggest ever. This one could reportedly be more than three-times larger: 350 megawatts. It would sit next to 2,700 acres of solar panels, allowing Recurrent Energy to bank electricity when the flood of electrons from this and other nearby solar farms threatens to overwhelm powerlines.

The battery could also keep solar power flowing at night. As the sun sets and as solar power fades, natural gas generators roar to life, but with enough batteries you could silence them. Build 60 batteries this big and all of California could run on solar in the middle of the night, for a whole hour.”

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