Tesla topman Elon Musk has promised solving power problem prevailing in the state of South Australia. He has said that his company would build a 100MW battery storage farm in the state, and that if the farm is not set up within 100 days, he will hand it over for free. Atlassian CEO and Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes tweeted that he would handle the politics and funding if Musk was serious about this venture, and also asked for “mates rates” for the battery farm. Whether or not the Australian government agrees to the deal will be known later, however considering Tesla’s track record, it is highly like the company will land the contract. Last year, it built a 80MW battery farm in California within 90 days.
The announcement is a result of a tweet from energy products VP at Tesla Lyndon Rive earlier this week when he said that the company could install up to 300 megawatt hours of grid-scale battery storage within 100 days if requested.
@mcannonbrookes Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 10, 2017
The state in question, South Australia, has been suffering from constant blackouts since more than last six months. Last month too the state suffered a black out during a 104F heatwave. The Australian Energy Market Operator has pointed out to factors like excessive demand, and now the concern has turned into a political argument.
Also, a number of coal powered plants have been shut in the country, further increasing power bills and increasing frequency of blackouts. While on one hand, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said to bring back fossil fuel plants for a ‘coal-fired future’, Tesla’s battery farms would prove to be a much more sustainable solution in the long-run.
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