The deal will reduce Irvine’s peak-energy consumption from local utilities, which will reduce expansive demand charges and provide back-up power during grid outages.
The announcement is one of many for Tesla’s stationary energy storage business. Last week, SolarCity confirmed the installation 2.6 MWh of Powerpacks at 19 schools in California and it signed a massive 52 MWh deal for which the company is still considering Tesla as a supplier for the energy storage systems.
The Powerpack is for commercial and utility-scale projects, but Tesla is also moving forward with the Powerwall for residential projects. The company recently confirmed it is installing the home energy storage system for “pilot customers”.