Meet world’s largest solar battery come with solar farm. An energy company wants to build another huge solar farm in the California desert. It can be triple the size of the one that Tesla drew worldwide attention.
The Crimson solar project would span 2,500 acres of public lands south of Interstate 10 east of Palm Springs at the base of the Mule Mountains.
The San Francisco-based developer, Recurrent Energy, has asked the federal government for permission to build 350 megawatts of solar power at the site, and up to 350 megawatts of battery storage.
The biggest battery currently in existence is a 100-megawatt system that Elon Musk’s Tesla, the electric-car maker and solar energy provider, installed in Australia.
It’s unclear whether Recurrent will actually build a 350-megawatt battery. It doesn’t have a buyer for the electricity yet, and the federal permitting process will take several years.
Still, experts say it’s an encouraging sign for the clean energy industry to see Recurrent planning for that big a battery.
There’s a growing need for energy storage in California, where the rapid growth of solar power has led to excess electricity in the middle of the day and a reliance on polluting natural-gas plants when the sun goes down.
Fortunately for California, the costs of battery storage have fallen dramatically the last few years. The result is a growing market for more and bigger batteries.