Blackouts in South Australia (SA) have led to energy policy battles, with the federal government blaming renewable energy for their woes. Grid-scale battery storage could help solve these issues and naturally, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is up for the task. He said he can build a 100 megawatt (MW) battery storage system in 100 days, or he’ll give it to the region for free.
South Australia has battled power problems for months; there have been blackouts in the state since last September. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull even declared a national energy emergency. But Lyndon Rive, former SolarCity CEO who now works as Tesla’s vice president for energy products, told Australia publication AFR Tesla could fix the dilemma in 100 days. Mike Cannon-Brookes, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, got hold of the article and tweeted it out, asking Musk how serious he is about the claim. Musk responded, “Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?”
@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
That was enough for Cannon-Brookes, who asked Musk to give him a week to sort out funding and politics. He also asked for a quote, which Musk provided right on Twitter: “$250/kWh at the pack level for 100MWh+ systems.”
Can it happen? Musk has never been one to shy away from bold promises, but the recent installation of 396 Tesla Powerpacks storing 80 megawatt-hours may back him up on the validity of his pledge to SA. Tesla finished that California battery storage farm in 90 days. Increased production at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory could put that 100 day deadline within reach, according to Rive.
Tesla’s battery systems could help solve SA’s issues by boosting the reliability of their network; battery storage could help prevent the power shortages that have led to blackouts and price spikes in the state.
Via The Guardian