'Very impressed': Elon Musk speaks to SA premier Jay Weatherill

Tesla founder Elon Musk has followed up on his ambitious plan to solve South Australia's energy crisis with a phone call to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The promise was made during a series of tweets between Musk and Mike Cannon-Brookes, the Australian co-founder of Atlassian, a Silicon Valley enterprise software company. You can see their replies in the tweet embedded below, and we think that their negotiations are serious.

We must note that Cannon-Brookes said that he could make the project happen concerning finances and politics, as long as Musk could guarantee a capacity of 100 MW in 100 days.

In response to Musk's proposal, South Australia's Senator Sarah Hanson-Young got in touch with the rocket man to open discussions on the project.

Meanwhile, South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill brushed off theories that the power crisis is a by-product of the country's over-reliance on renewable energies.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Elon Musk has just set down a challenge - the sort that only Musk can muster. Who will shell out for the solution-whether it be Cannon-Brookes, Elon Musk, the Australian government, or some combination of the three-remains a mystery.

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In the Australian Financial Review article, Rive had said that the quick turnaround would be possible because Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory is ramping up production.

"The Australian Energy Market Operator has blamed the blackouts on a number of factors, including higher-than-expected demand, but the topic has become a political battleground, with the Australian government pointing to the failure of renewable energies to cover usage".

"To the extent Tesla is interested, we'll also talk with them", Yates said. Rive also said that the work to install them could be completed within a period of 100 days.

Tesla Powerwall and Powerpack products, however, might be just what South Australia needs.

Battery storage would help prevent further blackouts by increasing the peak amount of energy available to the grid.

Along with producing electric cars, Tesla is growing its battery business.

  • Rita Burton