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Tesla testing novel community storage initiative in Western Australia

first_imgTesla testing novel community storage initiative in Western Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ars Technica:A community storage pilot project using Tesla batteries went live this week in Western Australia, three months ahead of schedule. The 105KW/420KWh pooled storage will act as a sort of locker for excess power produced by homes with solar panels.The project is an unusual one because it pools battery capacity for homes with solar panels. It was funded by energy company Synergy and government-owned Western Power, which sought 52 customers with solar panels on their homes as participants. The 52 shares of the project were snapped up in two weeks, far more quickly than expected, which accelerated the project’s timeline.Participants will each be allotted 8kWh of storage, which they will “fill” with excess power created by their rooftop solar panels during the day. (This is in theory, of course. Solar-generated electricity can flow back onto the grid, but there’s no guarantee that the battery will be charged with solar-generated electrons.) In the evening, customers will “be able to draw electricity back from the PowerBank during peak time without having to outlay upfront costs for a behind-the-meter battery storage system,” says a press release from the government of Western Australia.The model is similar to that of community solar projects, which have become popular in the US. Rather than spend money on expensive solar panels (or batteries, in this case), homeowners can opt in to a collective project. A managing company will put up the upfront costs and collect payment in installations. The Western Australian community battery project will cost participants AUD$1 (USD$0.73) per day for 24 months, although the participants will be able to opt out of the program at any time. Still, if a customer would normally buy electricity from Western Power in the evening after the sun goes down, participating in a program like this should save them money.More: Tesla battery will power unusual community storage project in Western Australialast_img read more

Yankees sign Trevor Rosenthal to minor-league deal, reports say

first_img Red Sox ace Chris Sale avoids Tommy John surgery He has struggled on the mound this season, posting a horrendous 22.74 ERA in 12 appearances with the Nats and a 7.00 ERA in 10 games for the Tigers. Over those 15 1/3 innings, Rosenthal walked 26 of 85 batters faced and threw nine wild pitches. Related News Carlos Carrasco pitches strong inning in first rehab appearance since leukemia diagnosis Surely Trevor Rosenthal is hoping his third team this season will be his last for a while.The Yankees have signed the free-agent reliever to a minor-league contract,  Andersen Pickard first reported and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and other outlets subsequently confirmed Tuesday. Still, the Yankees seem comfortable taking a risk on the former All-Star closer, whose fastball continues to average 98 miles an hour despite undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2017. Carlos Correa injury update: Astros star (back) pulled from game vs. Tigers, sent home to rest Rosenthal was released by the Nationals in June and quickly signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers, though he elected free agency earlier this month after being designated for assignment by Detroit.last_img read more