KN July 7, 2017 07:02 AM Congratulations to the South Australian State Government! Taking up Elon Musk's promise is one of the best decisions the State Government has made on over 40 years! It's a pity the government didn't entice Elon Musk to build a Lithium Ion battery facility or a Tesla Factory or solar panels in South Australia! We have the talent and skills - but until now the State Government never had the vision to do so. Tommo July 7, 2017 07:28 AM Most ways of getting grid power involves cables on pylons, having battery storage like this still means the electricity has to be transmitted along the same power lines, so effectively it wont prevent a blackout - most of which are caused by downed lines.Great system though, the sooner we all get these the better. We have a lot of wind farms here in the UK and wold benefit greatly from this. pmshah July 7, 2017 09:53 AM So now the competition will be amongst several requiring land resources of one kind or another with increasing population. More land to grow food, to hose humans, for wind farms, solar panel farms, water storage areas and the energy storage areas. Would it not make sense to also work in the directions of negative population growth? I guess pharma companies of the world would not want that. AngrieNole July 7, 2017 02:16 PM Glad Musk is doing this someone has to lead. Lithium ion will be around for awhile but hopefully soon there will be a big leap forward in battery tech! Kpar July 7, 2017 03:00 PM While I laud Musk for trying something new (and based on existing technology!), I believe it is a terrible mistake to centralize this "battery of batteries".Decentralization is far more appropriate- otherwise there is still a significant "single point of failure"- the very thing of which South Australia was at risk, and will continue to be. JohnnyWhite July 7, 2017 03:30 PM A great project, inherently educational for battery technology. This type of project is where Musk should be putting resources, not his ridiculously prurient space ships. Don Duncan July 7, 2017 04:32 PM Do the Aussies have trouble getting reliable, electronics, clothing, food, shelter? No? Why not? Could it be the govt. does not have a monopoly on these goods? Could it be the market provides everything better than govt. can? Wouldn't removing govt. from the market solve all economic problems? Govt. cannot solve problems. It is the problem. aksdad July 7, 2017 05:35 PM South Australia already has the most expensive and most unreliable electricity of any state in Australia thanks to their rejection of coal and massive expansion of wind power. The average household pays $2,500 per year for electricity, 38% more for than a household in, for example, Western Australia at $1,800 per year. Adding battery storage will alleviate the unreliability somewhat and drive the cost even higher while doing essentially nothing to curb global temperatures. Should be fun to watch. If all the countries on earth did something similar it might reduce global temperatures by a fraction of a degree. #futilebutrighteous Derek Howe July 7, 2017 07:12 PM pmshah - What a terrible way to view the world... The Earth can (& will) support billions more people in the coming decades. The Earth is very big, with a lot of land sitting empty.JohnnyWhite - As a big fan of all things space, Hell No! I want him to build that massive spaceship, it's 2017...how long must we wait before were a space fairing civilization. Come on Musk, Make it so. SamB July 7, 2017 08:00 PM @aksdadA bit selective in your reasoning and comparisons? SA power is only marginally more expensive than the other states hooked up to the national grid (which your WA comparison is not). Why does Canberra which has a greater share of renewables have more stable power? No mention of the joys of 20+ years of privatisation and the rort that went on with the industry forcing price rises due to gold plating parts of the network? The national grid has always been about ensuring supply in Sydney and Melbourne first. Adelaide sitting at the tail end of the network was never a priority and will always be the first sacrifice when troubles arise. Good on them for standing up for themselves, noone else was going to do it.