Elon Musk pledges to solve South Australia’s energy problems in 100 days or do it for free
South Australia is vulnerable due to its energy requirements. Last September, storms led to a state-wide blackout, forcing the shutdown of ports and public transport.
Outages also disrupted operations of mining majors like BHP Billiton. The state has 1.7 million people, making in the fifth most populous in the country.
While energy prices have surged in the state, local companies have failed to meet demand for environmental reasons.
Musk’s cousin Lyndon Rive, co-founder of SolarCity told Australian news site AFR the company can install 100 to 300 megawatt per hour battery storage in 100 days, which would solve the energy problem.
"We don't have 300MWh sitting there ready to go, but I'll make sure there are," he told the AFR.
Mike Cannon-Brookes, the Australian founder of Nasdaq-listed tech firm Atlassian, asked Musk if he was serious about the offer. Musk replied he was.
@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) 10 марта 2017 г.
Cannon-Brookes asked Musk to give him seven days to “sort out politics & funding” and enquired about the prices.
@elonmusk legend! ☀️ You’re on mate. Give me 7 days to try sort out politics & funding. DM me a quote for approx 100MW cost - mates rates!— Mike Cannon-Brookes (@mcannonbrookes) 10 марта 2017 г.
Musk said it would cost $250 per kWh for 100MWh-plus systems, while shipment and other charges are "beyond our control."
@shails Yes, but shipping, taxes/tariffs and installation labor vary by country, as those costs are beyond our control— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 10 марта 2017 г.
SolarCity merged with Musk's electric car producer Tesla in November 2016.