Musk Offers Mate Rates For SA E-Storage System

Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes

Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes"They could change the energy conversation in this country with a single deal

Musk, the entrepreneur behind electric carmaker Tesla, made the pledge in response to power woes in South Australia, which was past year hit by a state-wide blackout after severe winds from an "unprecedented" storm tore transmission towers from the ground. So Elon Musk is treating his giant battery farm like it's a pizza, and promising 100 day delivery or it's free. Adding "That serious enough for you?"

After hearing that, Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes wanted to hear it from Musk, and asked in a tweet Thursday if the company were serious. "If I can make the $ happen (& politics), can you guarantee the 100MW in 100 days?", Mr Cannon-Brookes asked.

Musk claimed the feat could be accomplished at a global cost of $250 per kilowatt hours for 100 megawatt systems.

Tony Wood, the energy program director for public think tank Grattan Institute, said transitioning the energy network from its current state to where it needs to be would have a lot of challenges.

The Tesla executive in question is none other than Tesla's VP for Energy Products, Lyndon Rive, the head of Tesla's battery division. But last night, Musk publicly responded to Cannon-Brookes with rates.

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Brookes saw the story and tweeted to Musk, asking if he was serious about it. Musk's response?

Meanwhile, south Australia has been hit particularly hard, with its 1.7 million people facing frequent energy cutbacks and power shortages. "Musk's battery farms can store huge amounts of energy generated by these renewable sources and siphon it off during busy times, theoretically eliminating blackouts".

"We could install everything and get it up and running within 100 days", Rive said at the launch of Tesla's Powerwall 2 battery in a converted substation at Newport, near Melbourne. So when Rive said they could assist in preventing these blackouts in South Australia, Musk supported his suggestion. Weatherill, in a Twitter post Friday, said he's "looking forward" to discussing the Tesla proposal. It won't be up to the federal government to approve the plan or not, though - the electricity generation in the region is privatized, so Musk's proposal is in the hands of individual companies.

The Australian government has made solving the problem a priority, and increasing grid storage could help.

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