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To deal with electric grid reliability worries, Tesla plans a Megapack project

A car at a charging station. Given troubles with the power grid, some Texans use Tesla Powerwalls. (Tesla)

Tesla seems to be making backup plans to manage anoter possible failure of the Texas power grid in the form of a Megapack project.

New filings with the city of Austin show Tesla’s renewable energy solution at Giga Texas would get added energy, according to the project application.

With project plans filed last week, it comes as Giga Texas prepares for Cyber Rodeo, its grand opening in early April.

Along with the thousands of households without power in the February 2021 storm, nearby, concerns over the grid’s reliability affected companies. Samsung shut down its Austin semiconductor plant for a month, causing a loss of more than $270 million. And this past February, Bitcoin mining companies halted major energy use as the state was hit with freezing temperatures.

The project is named “Giga Texas LCRA permanent switchyard & BESS,” which is short for battery energy storage system. The application covers a building area of 53 acres, though further details like the number of Megapacks aren’t referenced.

According to Electrek, drone flyovers in recent weeks show the automaker is building a solar array on the factory’s rooftop with solar panels that are expected to spell out Tesla.

At the start of the year, Tesla announced a Megapack project for an electric utility south of Houston in Angleton, Texas.

A completion timeline for the battery project at Giga Texas hasn’t been released.


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.