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Tesla Energy completes a new $5.3 million Powerpack project at College of Marin

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Tesla recently completed another Powerpack project, this time at the College of Marin in Marin County, California. The organization claims it is the first community college in California partnering with Tesla to install the new stationary storage products on campus.

In a press release announcing the partnership between the College of Marin and Tesla, the school confirms that they will receive $5.3 million in government incentives to cover the cost of the project, including site preparation costs and installation of the lithium-ion battery pack, liquid thermal control system, and software that receives dispatch commands from a solar inverter.

The cost savings are expected to be anywhere from $100,000-$150,000 annually for the College.

As for the installation itself, the Marin Independent Journal describes the project:

“The Kentfield campus will benefit from five 480-kilowatt batteries housed in 10-foot cabinets behind the Student Services Building. Another three will be near the Indian Valley campus’ main building.”

The description is not clear since they are talking about the power output which should be in increment of 250 kW and not 480 kW. It’s likely that there’s a confusion with the Powerpack’s energy capacity and that the project consists of 8 blocks of two Tesla Powerpack towers for a total of about 4 MWh of energy storage, which would make more sense based on the cost of the project.


The energy storage system is designed to store and distribute electricity generated by the school’s solar arrays. The project reportedly took nearly 18 months of planning and it will come online by the end of the month.

Tesla is slowly ramping up its Powerpack business and confirmed having delivered 100 units during the last quarter. The company also opened direct orders of up to 54 Powerpacks and reveals pricing directly on its website.

Featured image: Irvine project with Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) via TMC.

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