Tesla Kicks Off Construction of Megafactory in Lathrop, Calif.

By Vladimir Bosanac

Tesla’s footprint in its home state of California continues to grow. According to a social media post by Lathrop’s mayor, Sonny Dhaliwal, the electric car and energy company broke ground today on its newest development in the Central Valley city. According to the photos the mayor posted, the facility is called Tesla Megafactory, and it will be used to produce Megapacks, the largest batteries that the company makes for stationary energy storage.

“We are proud to be the home of the Megafactory, Tesla’s most recent expansion here. The future of green energy will be produced right here in our community. This development means more prosperity for our city, more employment opportunities for our residents, and a brighter future for our planet,” the mayor stated on his Facebook page.

The Megafactory comes on the heels of the company’s announcement of the Megapack product nearly two years ago. This energy storage unit is a 3-megawatt hour storage system, which expands on the company’s previous 1.5 megawatt product called Powerpack. The Megapack also increases the energy density of the storage system by 60 percent and can be delivered as a standalone system that is the size of a container.

“Using Megapack, Tesla can deploy an emissions-free 250 MW, 1 GWh power plant in less than three months on a three-acre footprint – four times faster than a traditional fossil fuel power plant of that size. Megapack can also be DC-connected directly to solar, creating seamless renewable energy plants,” the company stated in a blog post.

One of these Megapack installations will be used in partnership with PG&E at the Moss Landing project on California’s central coast, just north of Monterey.

Lathrop has been a town where Tesla’s expansion began a few years ago and now features a 500,000 square foot property in addition to at least three more properties totaling over 1,000,000 square feet with long-term leases, according to research provided by the Electrek blog. Tesla also took over a new 870,000 square foot building in 2019 in the city.

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