Under the radar, Tesla is building an energy storage project in Texas, according to Bloomberg. In Angleton, a city of nearly 20,000 people 40 miles south of Houston, Gambit Energy Storage, a Tesla subsidiary, is installing the company’s modular Megapacks. When completed, the 100MW installation will be able to supply power to approximately 20,000 homes. The Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said Bloomberg the site could start operations in early June.
It is unclear why Tesla is using a subsidiary as the public face of this project. It is not the first undertaking of its kind for the company. In 2017, it built a 100MWh battery farm in South Australia. At the moment, it is also supplying Megapacks to Pacific Gas and Electric of California for its ongoing Bay Area Moss Landing project.
But there is no doubt about the date of the project. Last month, unprecedented winter weather left much of Texas without power. When the power grid collapsed, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to ERCOT drill. “Not earning that R,” he said of the organization, which runs roughly 90 percent of the state’s power grid and has come under intense scrutiny after last month’s near failure. In particular, one of his followers asked Musk if a Tesla-like battery storage project built in Australia was possible in Texas. “Yes,” he said.