Tesla Partners with Japanese Companies for Energy Storage

On Thursday, Tesla announced plans to partner with Japanese companies to construct an energy storage plant in Hokkaido, according to Reuters.

Tesla will partner with Japan’s Global Engineering, a power retailer, and engineering firm Ene-Vision to connect the storage site to the electrical grid.

The storage site will be constructed from a variety of Tesla’s Megapacks, and will be able to offer 6,095 kWh of capacity to the electrical grid – or the equivalent of power for about 500 homes.

The project is set to begin in the summer of 2022, and is estimated to cost roughly 300 million yen ($2.7 million USD), according to one employee at Global Engineering.

A number of mass Tesla Megapack sites have begun going live around the world, with similar energy storage stations in Victoria, Australia and California. While it isn’t yet clear how many Megapacks the Hokkaido station will require, some of the company’s other sites have as many as 142 Megapacks, with other projects requiring just one.

U.S. company Apple has also announced plans to use 85 Tesla Megapacks at its California Solar Farm, located in Monterey County, California. The solar farm project, called California Flats, is just one of many examples where Tesla’s energy installations are helping companies go renewable.