Elon signs on the dotted line; Batteries for South Australia in 100 days or it’s free

He's a man of his word - give him that.

Earlier this year, South Australia went into meltdown, or perhaps more correctly blackout – their power grid was crippled under what some called and energy crisis and others observed as being some pretty bad timing with freak storms knocking out parts of the grid.

Regardless, it brought into question the state’s focus on renewables – how could wind turbines power a state and help with the peak capacity?  How can solar help the evening peak when the sun has gone down.

Many believe that renewables can power a nation, when paired with batteries.  Enter Elon Musk and Tesla.

Well, enter Mike Cannon-Brooks – Aussie Squillionaire who challenged Elon to provide the battery storage to support South Australia’s energy needs.

Elon was quick to respond:

And now just four months later – a blink of the eye in government bureaucracy terms – a deal is done.

The world’s largest lithium ion battery will be built in South Australia – with French renewables firm Noeon incorporating Tesla Batteries into their South Australian Wind Farm.

A 100MW installation, providing 129MWh of battery storage/power – it’s a beast.

And South Australia – along with the green movement frankly – need it to work.


Gotta love it when a plan comes together.



Trev produces two of the most popular technology podcasts in Australia, Your Tech Life and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He hosts a nightly radio show on Talking Lifestyle, 8pm Monday to Friday in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show and A Current Affair. Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave. Like this post? Buy Trev a drink!
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