Elon Musk has promised to deliver 100 MWh of energy storage to South Australia in 100 days. Could he prevent an energy crisis with his Tesla technology?
Elon Musk has promised South Australia that he will deliver 100 megawatts of hours worth of battery storage within 100 days of signing the contract to keep South Australia from having blackouts. Musk offered to do this for $250 per kilowatt hour - all in a tweet.
"The government stands ready through ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) and the CEFC to work with companies with serious proposals to support the development of more storage," said Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg.
Can Tesla do it?
According to Michael Barnard, Low-carbon Innovation Analyst (Quora), it is possible. Musk built 80 MWH of grid-tied battery capacity in California in 100 days. 100 MWH of batteries equates to 1,000 Tesla cars. Tesla delivers 25,000 every quarter, so it is possible to deliver what Musk has promised. Especially, since he made a bet; if he couldn't deliver in 100 days, the project was free. That would be a cost of approximately $25 million to eat if he failed to meet his deadline.
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