Tesla humiliates Do-nothing Australian government

Mar 13, 2017, 00:55
Tesla humiliates Do-nothing Australian government

Elon Musk says he can fix South Australia's power crisis within 100 days, and if he fails to do so, he'll finish the job for free. "Is that serious enough for you?"

The Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes has accepted the deal, asking for seven days to sort out politics and funding. Cannon-Brookes responded to Musk "you're on mate" and asked for a quote at "mates rates" on the cost of installing a 100-megawatt system. The manufacturer of electric cars and batteries offered to provide 100 megawatts per hour of battery storage at a cost of 25 million dollars.

Sarah Hanson-Young, an Australian senator, said on Twitter on Friday that she wanted to talk to Musk about his offer.

South Australia was hit by a statewide blackout in September after a storm knocked out the transmission system. His latest promise is to help South Australia create a solar farm that will address the their energy issues in just one hundred days - or he'll do the work for free. Since the state is employing these sustainable methods to power its energy grids, thus, it had to face power cuts and blackouts during recent heatwaves.

Cannon-Brookes tweeted both Weatherill and Musk with the same message: "Not to push my luck ... big $ commitments pouring in". The SpaceX emperor and Tesla overlord has been keeping an eye on the power blackouts that keep hitting South Australia, and he's made a decision to step in and lend a hand.

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"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. Such a solution would allow South Australia to store excess energy for use during those peak times.

CEFC chief executive Oliver Yates said the green bank was already talking to battery companies about storage for South Australia and "To the extent Tesla is interested, we'll also talk with them".

Weatherill, for his part, said the conversation about the battery proposal was "positive". 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.

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