World’s biggest virtual power plant to generate more than 500 jobs
Monday, 5 February 2018
The world’s largest virtual power plant will create more than 500 renewable energy jobs, with local manufacturers set to play a key role.
It is anticipated that around 250 new jobs will be created through the installation of Tesla Powerwall 2 products on as many as 50,000 South Australian homes over the next four years.
Up to 260 extra jobs are expected to be created throughout the supply chain, with the State Government’s contract with Tesla stipulating that local contractors must be used.
The government will also contribute $1.25 million to help South Australian businesses secure contracts on major renewable energy projects, like the world’s largest virtual power plant. The funds will help local companies meet costs when preparing their pitch for large-scale projects - costs which can inhibit the ability to grow their business.
Tesla have also confirmed they will establish a Service Hub at Tonsley - a commitment that falls within the Hornsdale Battery Project.
The Service Hub will allow for local technicians to monitor and service the Powerpacks in Hornsdale, along with the Superchargers that have been installed across the State, and the residential Powerwall installations - including those announced as part of the Virtual Power Plant.
The Tonsley-based Service Hub has the potential to service Tesla batteries throughout Asia Pacific, and will create additional local jobs.