Elon Musk volunteers to sort out South Australia power blackouts

Patrick Fallon  Reuters                       Elon Musk with one of his Tesla batteries

Patrick Fallon Reuters Elon Musk with one of his Tesla batteries

Musk responded with a fixed cost of $250,000 per kilowatt hour for systems that produce over 100 megawatt hours of energy, adding that Tesla offered fixed prices for all customers.

"Holy s#%t", he tweeted, then appealed to Musk directly: "Lyndon & @elonmusk - how serious are you about this bet?".

The offer prompted Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of Australian software developer Atlassian Corp, to ask Musk on Twitter whether the offer was serious.

"It is just making sure we can get the rules set in a way that maximises battery storage, being able to offer that solution and with the backing of some fantastic people like Elon Musk and Mike Cannon-Brookes, I think we can make it happen", she said.

It seems the process has already been started as Sarah Hanson-Young, Senator of South Australia and Jay Weatherill, Premier of the state reached out to Elon Musk. Zen Energy, chaired by economist Ross Garnaut, last month said its proposal for a $100 million large-scale solar plant with battery storage could solve most of South Australia's electricity problems if rules were changed to make it viable.

A spokesman for Mr Weatherill declined to comment further about the specifics and how much funding the state government may be prepared to commit to advance such a proposal.

SEE ALSO: How significant is Tesla's new solar battery and why is it debuting in Australia? . So when Rive said they could assist in preventing these blackouts in South Australia, Musk supported his suggestion.

Early on, Tesla worked in private with companies to sort out pricing depending on the size of the contract.

Tesla recently completed an installation of an 80MWh grid-scale battery farm in southern California within just 90 days, which cost $100m.

As the federal government grapples with talk of an energy crisis, two tech billionaires appear to be getting a ground-breaking deal done on Twitter.

Apparently, Elon Musk is 100 percent behind Rive on this, which is what Cannon-Brookes challenged in the tweet above. The SpaceX emperor and Tesla overlord has been keeping an eye on the power blackouts that keep hitting South Australia, and he's made a decision to step in and lend a hand.

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