Tesla is building secret energy storage project in Texas, says . In Angleton, a town of nearly 20,000 residents 40 miles south of Houston, Tesla’s Gambit Energy Storage subsidiary installs the company’s modular . Once completed, the 100 MW installation will be able to power approximately 20,000 homes. The Texas Electric Reliability Council (ERCOT) said Bloomberg the site could start working at the beginning of June.
It’s unclear why Tesla is being so secretive about the project. This is not the first of its kind for the company. In 2017, it built a 100 MWh battery park in . At the moment, it also supplies the Pacific Gas and Electric of California. for his ongoing Bay Area Moss Landing project.
But there is no doubt about the timing of the project. Last month, unprecedented winter weather . When the power grid buckled, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to make fun of ERCOT. “Not earning that R,” he said of the organization, which manages about 90% of the state’s electricity grid and has come under intense scrutiny after the near-failure of the last month. One of his supporters notably asked Musk if a battery storage project similar to Tesla’s built in Australia was possible in Texas. “Yes,” he said.