Elon Musk makes surprise visit to Australia ahead of a major energy announcement

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Elon Musk has arrived in Adelaide ahead of what’s expected to be a major energy announcement for South Australia.

His arrival follows a bet he made on Twitter with Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes in March, that Tesla could install an operational battery system that would solve South Australia’s energy problems in 100 days.

He said that if he was unsuccessful, the batteries would be free.

South Australia was left without power – some parts for days – in September last year after the state was smashed by storms that brought wind gusts exceeding 120 km/h.

It was later found to be largely due to unplanned power plant or transmission outages, but it triggered a political row at the state and federal level over energy security.

Business Insider will have the details of the announcement when it lands.

More to come …

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