The fact that a considerable share of electricity in the state of South Australia receives through wind power and partly due to solar, despite the fact that the transition to these types of energy was accompanied by the closure of mines and the abandonment of energy obtained by burning fossil fuels. But the wind and the sunlight phenomenon is impermanent. It turned out that periodically, the region lacked electricity, the situation has led to a rise in electricity. The situation is complicated by “the lack of political will to resolve the crisis”.
The head of Tesla, said that it can help Australia to resolve the situation in 100 days. For this you need to build a repository of energy, similar to the one built in California, by the way, for 90 days. This unit had a total capacity of 80 MW·h.
The cost of a similar project for Australia with a capacity of 100 MWh will be $ 25 million. Of course, this does not solve the problem fundamentally, but will eliminate the power outages and focus on the construction of new power plants.
It is also worth noting that as soon as the Mask made a statement about timing, Mike cannon-Brookers (Mike Cannon-Brookes), co-founder of the Australian company Atlassian said that it should take him a week to build political and financial support for the project. Musk, in turn, offered assistance, and after the Australian government announced that it was ready to consider proposals of large companies to tackle the problem.