Apple Uses 85 Tesla Megapacks in an Energy Storage Project in Cupertino, CA

Apple Uses 85 Tesla Megapacks in an Energy Storage Project in Cupertino, CA

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On March 31, Apple announced that it is investing in renewable energy projects to cover a portion of upstream emissions, as well as a major energy storage project in California to pilot new renewable infrastructure solutions. Battery systems for storing up to 240 megawatt-hours of energy will be supplied by Tesla.

Apple is constructing one of the largest battery projects in the country, California Flats—an industry-leading, grid-scale energy storage project capable of storing 240 megawatt-hours of energy, enough to power over 7,000 homes for one day. This project supports the company's 130-megawatt solar farm, which provides all of its renewable energy in California by storing excess energy generated during the day and deploying it when it is most needed.

The Verge has learned that the project will consist of 85 Tesla Megapack lithium-ion batteries and will be used to power the company's headquarters in Cupertino. The facility, which will store up to 240 megawatt-hours of energy, was approved by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 2020. Monterey County’s planning chief confirmed that Apple will use Tesla batteries in an email to the publication.

"The Proposed Modification would allow up to 60-megawatt (“MW”), 240 megawatt-hour (“MWH”) of electric energy generated by the CFS Project to be stored on-site during low demand periods and subsequently distributed during peak demand periods. The Proposed Modification would entail the construction and installation of the BESS which includes up to 85 Tesla Megapack battery units."

The future site at California Flats. Source: Apple

Tesla energy storage systems are increasingly used in large projects that seek to switch to renewable energy sources or stabilize the grid. The Megapack is the ideal solution as it requires 40% less space and 10 times fewer parts than existing systems on the market. As a result, this modular, high-density system can be installed 10 times faster than existing systems.

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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.

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