COUNTDOWN IS ON: Elon Musk's 100-day promise to Australia starts now

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Tesla founder Elon Musk just hosted a party in Australia to mark the start of the 100 days that Tesla has to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery storage system.

South Australian electricity transmission company Electranet on Friday signed a deal to connect Tesla’s 100MW/129MWh Powerpack System that will store power from French firm Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm.

Last night, Musk held his gathering three hours north of Adelaide at the wind farm near Jamestown, in rural South Australia, to celebrate the signing, which triggered the start of the 100-day period that Tesla has to build the infrastructure.

Earlier this year, Musk promised it would be provided for free to South Australia if his company didn’t have it operating within 100 days, and yesterday revealed that after 60 days of work, the project is already halfway to completion and will be ready by December 1.

The power storage from the project would be enough to keep more than 30,000 homes connected – roughly the same number that suffered blackouts in South Australia last year.

“It will help solve power outages, reduce intermittencies and manage summertime peak load to support the reliability of South Australia‚Äôs electrical infrastructure,” the company said.

While Musk’s 100-day promise arose out of a bet with Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes on Twitter, Tesla still had to compete alongside 90 other bids to win the state government contract.

The Powerpacks for the project will be manufactured at the Gigafactory in Nevada, USA, which the company says “will ultimately have more battery production capacity than the rest of the world combined”.

The party followed Musk’s appearance at a space technology conference in Adelaide earlier in the day, when he revealed his plan to put people on Mars by 2022.

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