Tesla founder Elon Musk has captured national attention with a promise his company could build a massive 100 megawatt/hour battery storage facility in blackout-plagued South Australia in less than 100 days, or at no charge.
PayPal co-founder Mr Musk, who has a fortune of $13 billion and launches advanced spacecraft via his SpaceX company, responded with: "Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free".
Rive added that there was not 300MWh just sitting ready to fire up, but he would make sure it would be there and ready to operate, adding that increased production has been taking place at the company's Gigafactory located outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Musk also disclosed the price of $250 per kilowatt-hour for 100-megawatt hour systems. My phone hasn't stopped buzzing. Can we contribute dollars?'
Cannon-Brookes tweeted on Thursday. What started off as twitter banter quickly turned into a business proposition, when Musk dropped the catch of the century.
In response, Musk reaffirmed Tesla's offer and confirmed the company's system would cost $250/kWh for 100MWh of battery storage - roughly equating to $25m.
Tesla vice president for energy products, Lyndon Reve, said it could help prevent increasingly regular blackouts in South Australia.
To this, Mike requested the legendary innovator (or even eccentric!) to provide him about 7 days to sort out funding and politics to set up the battery farm. "That serious enough for you?"
In a series of further tweets Mr Cannon-Brookes urged Australia to solve the energy crisis "with software and innovation".
The grid situation is especially dire in South Australia, where several power outages and threats of power outages have caused concern.
"If Tesla think they can do that, what's stopping them?"
If the deal does get made, it will be a significant boon to the state's struggling energy grid, and many residents will be very relieved to know they won't run out of power from now on.
Discussions with Tesla and Atlassian are planned to take place next week.
Tesla has already completed energy storage projects before, including an 80MWh battery project in California.
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