Apple announced Wednesday that it is building a major battery storage project at its Northern California solar farm, which it pioneered in 2015. The installation, which will store up to 240 megawatt hours of energy, was approved by the Monterey County Board of Auditors in 2020, according to documents filed last year.
The project will consist of 85 Tesla lithium-ion “megapacks” and will help power the company’s headquarters in Cupertino.
The project will power Apple Park as well as more than 7,000 homes
Monterey County’s planning chief confirmed in an email to The Verge that Apple will use Tesla batteries. Apple, however, declined to comment. Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
The 60 MW storage setup apple will use is still not Tesla’s largest. Because previously, the company developed larger and general battery storage solutions of about 100 MW in the south of Australia and Texas. Still, Apple called it “one of the largest battery projects in the country” in a press release and said its battery system could power more than 7,000 homes for a day.
Tesla batteries will enable Apple to store 130 megawatts of solar-generated energy on a farm called California Flats.
Apple’s Lisa Jackson told Reuters on Wednesday: “We’re not going to let that happen. “The difficulty with clean energy is that the sun and wind are by definition intermittent. If we can and show that it works for us, it eliminates concerns about intervals and helps the grid in terms of stability. Something that can be imitated or built on by other companies.”