Tesla Bets It Can Build 100MWh of Batteries in 100 Days

Mar 12, 2017, 00:59
Tesla Bets It Can Build 100MWh of Batteries in 100 Days

Musk said that Tesla would "get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free". "Is that serious enough for you?"

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has promised to fix a problem you might not know exists.

To this, Atlassian CEO tweeted, "You're on mate". Mr Musk said he was "very impressed" following a phone call with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill on Saturday afternoon; the Premier called the discussion "positive".

The blow-up in the debate over how to solve the problems with South Australia's energy network follows a statewide blackout in September and a scheduled blackout during a recent heatwave due to lack of energy supply. What started off as twitter banter quickly turned into a business proposition, when Musk dropped the catch of the century. Solar energy generated from the farm could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 1.6 million gallons of fuel per year, the Verge said.

Brookes couldn't but help to pick up this deal and asked for 7 days to sort out matters with the government and asked Musk to direct message him the rates for the proposed project to which Musk complied on an open platform. The company has merged with electric vehicle maker Tesla where Musk is CEO.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared a national energy emergency, and the Australian Energy Market Operator warns that either gas users or electricity generators will go short in future unless something is done urgently.

Tesla has already completed an 80MWh grid-scale battery farm in California, in 90 days, for US$100m, so the precedent has been set for the scale of project.

Tesla thinks the answer lies in home solar panels, attached to a battery storage unit like its Powerwall 2, which costs around $10,000 including installation.

"They put out the challenge - I say as a nation we should take them up on it", he said.

SA Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young replied to Musk: "Let's talk!"

Musk told Cannon-Brookes that the cost would be $250 per kWh for the systems of 100MWh-plus adding that any additional fees such as tariffs, installation and shipping would be variable depending upon the country, and were beyond his control.