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Elon Musk has another ambitious energy project and this time it's free

11 March 2017

In an exchange on Twitter with Australian entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes, Musk said the U.S. electric vehicle and battery giant would deliver the batteries for free if the self-imposed 100-day target is not met.

In a Twitter exchange with Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, the CEO of silicon valley start-up Atlassian, Musk assured he was serious following a previous vow from a Tesla executive (via Guardian).

Elon Musk offered to end an energy crisis Down Under Friday by installing a 100 megawatt battery park in South Australia, and promised to deliver the project within 100 days or give it away for free.

Rive told Australian news site AFR that the company could install the 100 to 300 megawatt per hour of battery storage that South Australia requires to stop power shortages and blackouts.

According to a Bloomberg report, South Australia suffered a blackout back in September after a storm caused a transmission failure.

Musk has a good reason to be confident with his 100-day time limit.

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Cannon-Brookes replied: "You're on mate".

South Australia is among several states affected by recent heatwaves, which have placed strain upon the state's renewable energy dependent power networks, triggering blackouts.

Cannon-Brookes volunteered to help provide funding and lobbying for the project's political support. Considering the state of Southern Australia is in fact under the tight grips of an energy crisis, the offer does seem all the more appealing. Tesla does have previous experience in this space, getting a 80MWh battery plant installed in California in just 90 days.

Tesla had been promoting its Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 battery products in Australia this week.

Given the progress in Tesla's new Gigafactory in Nevada, Rive believes the feat could be achieved in 100 days.

Musk said it would cost $250 per kWh for 100MWh-plus systems, not including shipment and other charges.

Elon Musk has another ambitious energy project and this time it's free