Apple recently announced that it is building a large battery source project on the Northern California Solar Farm, which it has owned since 2015. Now a new report claims that they will use Tesla “megapack” batteries in this project.
Apple’s program is designed to store about 240 megawatt hours of energy, enough to power 7,000 homes a day, on a 130-megawatt solar farm. Apple has named this project as one of the largest battery production projects in the country.
According to documents submitted to the Montreux County Supervisory Board in 2020, Apple plans to use Tesla’s 85 megapack lithium-ion batteries as part of its program. Some of the energy stored in the batteries is also said to be used to power Apple Park in Cupertino, California.
Megapack batteries, first unveiled in 2019, are designed to be used and installed in pollution-free power plants and are referred to as an alternative to “peak power plants” that are used only during peak consumption. According to Tesla, each megapack has the capacity to store up to 3 megawatt hours.
The 60-megawatt storage capacity that Apple will use in its project is not the highest Tesla battery capacity, and Tesla has already used 100-megawatt storage capacity in Australia and Houston, Texas. However, Apple in its press release mentions it as one of the largest battery production projects in the country.
Apple and Tesla do not have much history of cooperation. Tesla CEO Ilan Musk announced several months ago that he was looking to sell Tesla to Apple, but the Cupertino-based CEO has not even agreed to meet with him. Tesla’s main reputation is in the field of electric vehicles, but in recent years it has been active in the energy storage business.