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Elmsdale residents piloting Powerwalls in Nova Scotia Power project

February 9, 2018 | By Anthony Capkun

February 8, 2018 – Nova Scotia Power has launched a pilot project to learn more about how battery storage can help it deliver “cleaner, affordable and more reliable energy to Nova Scotians”.

Known as the Intelligent Feeder, the pilot involves the installation of residential energy storage batteries (Tesla Powerwalls) at 10 homes in the Elmsdale community, and a much larger grid-sized battery (Tesla Powerpack) at the Elmsdale substation.

These batteries will be connected and feed into an electrical line powered, in part, by the nearby Hardwood Lands wind turbines.

Sensors will be placed on the powerline to monitor and gather data about local system activity and be fed back to Nova Scotia Power’s control centre for analysis and planning.


The 10 Elmsdale families were selected following an open application process. Each household received a Powerwall that will be theirs to keep after the pilot ends.

The pilot also involves Mpower Energy Solutions (Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer) and Opus One Solutions, which is providing the software that monitors and gathers electrical system activity.

All 10 Powerwall installations have been completed and initial data collection and monitoring is underway. The installation of the Powerpack battery at the Elmsdale substation is currently in progress and expected to be completed later this month.


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