Tesla is building a 100MW energy storage project in Texas

As reported by Engadget on Monday, March 8, 2021.

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Under the table tesla is building an energy storage project in Texas, Bloomberg reports. In Angleton, 40 miles south of Houston, Tesla subsidiary Gambit Energy Storage is installing the company’s modular Megapack. when complete, the 100MW installation will be capable of powering about 20,000 homes. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has advised that the site could be operational by early June.

It is unclear why Tesla is using a subsidiary as the public face of the project. This is not a first for the company. in 2017, it built a 100MWh battery farm in South Australia. The company also currently provides Megapacks to California’s Pacific Gas and Electric for the ongoing Bay Area Moss Landing project.

But there will be no mistaking the timing of the project. Last month, unprecedented winter weather knocked out power to much of Texas. When the grid collapsed, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to mock ERCOT.

“Didn’t earn that R,” he said of the organization, which manages about 90 percent of the state’s power grid and has come under intense scrutiny after nearly collapsing last month . Significantly, one of Musk’s followers asked him if Texas might undertake a battery storage project similar to the one Tesla makes in Australia. He said, “Yes. “