South Australia was in a state of emergency last year due to a catastrophic power outage. Australian businesses in the region lost about AU$367 million during that time. People don’t really know who to blame as there were numerous factors contributing to the blackouts – a sudden closure of a state-owned coal power station, bad wind farm settings, poor luck.
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk was aware of the disastrous situation in South Australia. As bold as always, Musk tweeted a daring promise to solve the region’s problem “100 days from contract signature or it is free.” The 46-year-old CEO always leaves people wondering if he’s joking, and most of the time, he means what he says. Tesla has officially announced a partnership with the South Australian Government and Neoen, a French energy company, to install what would be the world’s largest sustainable energy system.
The deal didn’t just come from Musk’s amusing tweet on a difficult promise. Tesla has gone through “a competitive bidding process” to score the partnership to provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system, as well as pairing with Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm in Jamestown, South Australia. As Musk promised, the project will be finished in 100 days so South Australians can expect to see results by Christmas.
The Powerpack system will be the biggest lithium-ion battery storage project to date. Upon completion, it can fuel more than 30,000 households, almost equal to the number of homes that were affected during the blackout last year.
Using his favorite communication channel, the Tesla CEO announced the deal on Twitter and said: “this will be the highest power battery system in the world by a factor of 3.”
The South Australian state premier, Jay Weatherill, expressed his excitement to work with Tesla and Neoen. With the help of two top-notched energy and battery companies, South Australia can expect to reap the benefits of renewable energy very soon.