Lock Him UP!! He’s Craaa-zy! Elon Musk’s INSANE Solar Deal.

March 13, 2017



Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying he can solve the state’s energy woes within 100 days – or he’ll deliver the 100MW battery storage system for free.

On Thursday, Lyndon Rive, Tesla’s vice-president for energy products, told the AFR the company could install the 100-300 megawatt hours of battery storage that would be required to prevent the power shortages that have been causing price spikes and blackouts in the state.

Thanks to stepped-up production out of Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Nevada, he said it could be achieved within 100 days.

Mike Cannon-Brookes, the Australian co-founder of Silicon Valley startup Atlassian, on Friday tweeted Elon Musk, asking if Tesla was serious about being able to install the capacity.

Musk replied that the company could do it in 100 days of the contract being signed, or else provide it free, adding: “That serious enough for you?”

Battery systems built for power companies can serve more than one purpose. A utility can avoid blackouts by charging them up when its natural gas power plants, or solar and wind farms, produce more electricity than needed, and draw from them when the power plants aren’t able to keep up with demand.

Edison and other California utilities hired Tesla and a few other battery farm builders after an important natural gas reservoir near Los Angeles, called Aliso Canyon, closed following a huge leak and massive environmental disaster in late 2015. The leak forced thousands of people in nearby neighborhoods to evacuate. It also left utilities worried about how they’d meet the peak electricity demands of coming summers if they weren’t able to dip into the natural gas storage whenever they need fuel to produce power. They couldn’t always get natural gas shipment from other suppliers quick enough to meet a sharp rise in electricity consumption.

Companies that buy lithium-ion batteries have been reporting drops in prices of 70% over the past two years. Tesla has said it plans to lower its battery prices by 30% by expanding production inside its Gigafactory.


6 Responses to “Lock Him UP!! He’s Craaa-zy! Elon Musk’s INSANE Solar Deal.”

  1. […] via Lock Him UP!! He’s Craaa-zy! Elon Musk’s INSANE Solar Deal. | Climate Denial Crock of the Week […]

  2. Absolutely!!

    Most importantly, as part of the package, the govt’s introducing legislation giving the relevant minister power to _tell_ the power companies to supply power when it’s needed instead of playing the games with prices they did last summer resulting in blackouts in part of SA despite the fact there was plenty of capacity. The company concerned just refused to start the plant in time to supply power when it was _known_ for certain that it would be needed.


    We don’t yet know whether the “delivery in 100 days or it’s free” offer from Musk will be the winner in the battery part of the bidding, but it looks good.

  3. Actually Australia has a lot of companies working in that area, just the LNP/IPA and Murdochs media have really tried to stomp on them, they can also match the deal and large installations are already being built and planned with alternative technologies such as Redflows ZCell, even CSIRO’s invention ecoult is a potential player

  4. Canman Says:

    I’m skeptical about the claims made for Chile’s proposed CSP plants, or for that matter, anything at Clean Technica. Ivanpah’s been having a lot of problems. In Mark Jacobson’s original 100 percent WWS plan for the state of New York, he proposed 387 CSP plants for that “sunny” state. They have subsequently disappeared from his plan for all 50 states. In order to start up, these plants need a supply of gas to melt the salt. They also have some environmental concerns. They reflect blinding glare up at airplanes and they fry birds in mid air.

  5. andrewfez Says:

    Japan is now estimating the cost to clean up Fukushima is $180B:

    Using EIA’s total overnight cost to build a solar thermal plant of $4182/kw, $180B could have bought 43GW of solar thermal capacity. How much capacity did Fukushima have? Certainly a small fraction of 43GW.


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