Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of electric auto giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying he can solve the state's energy problems within 100 days - or he'll deliver the 100 megawatt hours (MWh) battery storage system for free.
This offer from the US firm follows a series of power shortages in the state. "That serious enough for you?", Musk wrote on Twitter.
The proposal to install 100 megawatt hours' worth of battery storage was first publicly put forward by Lyndon Rive, head of Tesla's battery division, on Thursday. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull blamed the blackouts on South Australia's heavy reliance on both solar and wind power, which account for roughly 40 percent of the state's power generation.
Clean Energy Finance Corp chief executive Oliver Yates said they have been talking to multiple large-scale battery providers regarding possible storage solutions, including in South Australia.
Senator Hanson-Young said the technology would allow the state to bank renewable energy during the day, for use at night.
Cannon-Brookes subsequently tweeted that he's working to source the money and political consent to get the system working.
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There's no official word as yet on whether the government will be taking Musk up on the offer, but several politicians have shown serious interest.
It is not at all surprising that someone would react to Rive's claims and it so happened that Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes went straight to Musk to confirm them. The CEO said if he is not able to complete the project within 100 days, he would not charge a penny. That may not matter to Musk, who once again comes off looking like the great savior of the moribund energy infrastructure industry.
"If you had storage deployed during the blackout [in] South Australia you wouldn't have had the blackout", Mr Rive said.
"Just spoke with Premier of South Australia (Jay Weatherill)".
Early on, Tesla worked in private with companies to sort out pricing depending on the size of the contract.