Tesla– SA’s battery storage saviour?

Tesla's battery farm in South California (Tree Hugger)

Tesla's battery farm in South California (Tree Hugger)

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has spoken to Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull about using Tesla batteries to solve South Australia (SA) intermittent electricity problems, according to the ABC.

The talks come after Musk made a bet on Twitter with Atlassian founder Mike Cannon-Brookes that he could fix South Australia’s electricity problems in 100 days or it would be free. Cannon-Brookes doubted the claim but said he would raise funds locally if the Tesla venture went ahead.

Turnbull’s office said that the pair had “an in-depth discussion on the value of storage and the future of the electricity system”.

Musk has not said how much the proposal would cost but the idea would be to build a battery array in South Australia. 

The Tesla chief executive also spoke to SA’s premier Jay Weatherill who is apparently behind the idea.