Tesla boss weighs in to fix Australian power crisis

Lyndon Rive is co-founder and chief executive of California-based Solar City

Rive said that Tesla could install as much as 300 megawatts of grid-scale battery storage in 100 days and the technology would come with a price tag of around $66 million per 100 megawatts.

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.

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Lyndon Rive, who heads Tesla's battery division, said in an interview with Australia's AFR that the company was capable of delivering the battery packs thanks to increased production at its gigafactory in Nevada.

In South Australia, energy prices continue to surge, and local companies remain unable to meet public energy demand - mostly due to environmental concerns.




To which Mr. Cannon-Brookes answered, "You're on mate". The offer follows a string of power outages in the state of South Australia.

Tony Wood, the energy program director for public think tank Grattan Institute, said transitioning the energy network from its current state to where it needs to be would have a lot of challenges. Tesla's offer is being taken seriously, although it remains to be seen if the Australian government can get things moving within the seven-day deadline.

After this, Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young joined the conversation, inviting Musk to a discussion on the matter. However, no one promised to do it in just 100 days.

While it will be a push for the company, Rive remains confident stating, "We don't have 300MWh sitting there ready to go but I'll make sure there are". He's pledged to install at least 100 megawatt-hours of battery storage in 100 days or less. Battery companies like Tesla contend that energy storage could alleviate some of the pressure of peak load times and make renewables fit better on a heterogeneous grid.

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