Much and more have been said about Nigeria’s epileptic power supply and tons of solutions have been suggested.
There may however be one solution that Nigeria’s Minister of power will do well to pay attention to.
Recently, following power outages in South Australia, Tesla and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, says he would build a 100MW battery storage farm in the area, and they can have it for free if it takes longer than 100 days to complete.
On Thursday, Tesla executive Lyndon Rive had said the company could install 100-300 megawatt hours of battery storage in 100 days.
“Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?” he tweeted in response to Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of Australian software maker Atlassian.
Having offered to “make the $ happen (& politics)”, Mr Cannon-Brookes then told Mr Musk: “You’re on mate.”
Mr Musk went on to quote a price of $250 per kilowatt hour for 100 megawatt hour systems.
Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young then joined in on the act, telling Mr Musk: “Let’s talk!”
The state of South Australia has suffered from blackouts since September last year, leading to a political spat over energy policy.
Tesla has been expanding its battery business alongside its car production.
Given that Nigeria has been suffering from blackouts before most of the current youth population of the country were born, then it would not be a bad thing should the government decide to invite Tesla to try out its solution in Nigeria.
Besides, former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration reportedly spent a whopping $16billion on power without any significant improvement, and it is obvious that $250 per kilowatt hour is a bargain with the added advantage that it would be free if its not working within 100 days.
Should Nigeria invite Tesla to come and fix Nigeria’s power issues?