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PG&E says Tesla battery was source of power storage site fire


In the early hours on Monday, a Tesla Megapack battery caught fire at a key California power storage facility, the state’s largest utility said in a statement to TechCrunch.
According to PG&E, the utility “became aware of a fire in one Tesla Megapack at its Elkhorn Battery Storage facility” at around 1:30 a.m. in Moss Landing, which is located about 25 miles south of Santa Cruz, in Monterey County. The site is home to a facility that houses 256 Megapacks and is capable of storing up to 730 megawatt-hours of energy…when not aflame. Such facilities underpin the crucial transition to renewables by storing clean energy for use when the sun isn’t shining.
At the time this story was published, the facility was disconnected from the grid as firefighters worked to “stop the spread of the fire and provide a safe area for emerg …

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