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Tesla battery packs to power “hybrid-electric office buildings” in Irvine

powerpackEarlier this year, Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and Tesla Motors, under its ‘Tesla Energy division’, inked a massive 500 MWh supply deal for battery packs to power AMS’ “hybrid-electric buildings” concept. Today AMS announced a new project under the agreement with Tesla to install a first phase of Powerpacks at up to 24 office buildings owned by The Irvine Company, a real estate company with properties throughout coastal California. The project is in partnership with SunEdison, which will finance, install and operate Powerpacks for The Irvine Company.

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”.

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