Take a moment to feel sorry for your procurement colleagues working in the Australian energy sector. Since former Prime Minister Tony Abbott's now-famous "axe the tax" campaign against a national carbon trading scheme in 2011, Australia has been without a clear federal energy policy, leading to very little certainty about future direction for the sector.
Dropping unexpectedly into this politically-charged debate, billionaire co-founder of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk presented a game-changer with a single tweet earlier this month:
"@mcannonbrookes Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?"
The offer was originally made by Lyndon Rive, Musk's cousin and Tesla's vice-president for energy products. Tesla has offered to install the 100 megawatt hours of battery storage that would be required to prevent further power shortages, price spikes and blackouts in South Australia. When pressed on Twitter by Mike Cannon-Brookes (Australian co-founder of Silicon Valley start-up Atlassian) on the seriousness of the offer, Musk himself doubled down with the pledge to "get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free".
Timely, incisive articles delivered directly to your inbox.