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Tesla Moves Beyond Electric Cars with New California Battery Farm

TeslaElon Musk is one of the most energy-focused business leaders in the world today.  As a key decision maker for both Tesla and SolarCity, Musk has been able to advance one of the core goals of his business endeavors—increasing the role of renewable, sustainable energy in the global economy.  Now, Musk has his sights set on a new project: the power grid.

Leveraging Tesla’s experience with developing battery packs, Musk’s company opened one of the world’s largest battery farms in December 2016. 

The project was approved and built quickly at the request of the California Public Utilities Commission, which was under scrutiny in the wake of a massive natural gas leak in late 2015.

Located at Southern California Edison’s Mira Loma substation, just 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Tesla’s new battery farm has a capacity of 20 megawatts—equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power 15,000 homes for four hours.  

While the battery farm has already been operational for some time, the real value is expected to be seen during the summer months, when energy consumers start to crank up their air conditioning and put strains the electric grid.  The peak demand on the grid can be supported by energy from the battery farm.

The construction of the Mira Loma battery farm marks a clear strategy shift from Tesla to move beyond manufacturing its electric car.  Should the farm prove successful, it may be used as a prototype for adding additional capacity to the nation’s aging grid infrastructure.

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