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Report: Tesla is building a mega battery that will connect to the Texas grid
(Bob Daemmrich)

Tesla subsidiary Gambit Energy Storage is building a massive battery near Houston that will connect to the Texas power grid, according to Bloomberg. The grid, which is mostly maintained by the Energy Reliability Council of Texas, came within five minutes of a total collapse after a series of winter storms last month.


Gambit is in the process of building a more than 100 megawatt energy storage project—which could power around 20,000 homes during the summer season—in Angleton, 40 miles south of Houston, per the report.

Tesla CEO and recent Texas transplant Elon Musk tweeted about ERCOT's service failures on Feb. 17, two days into days-long, statewide power outages.

A commenter linked to a recent news story about a similar Tesla battery project in Australia, where the company is building a 300 megawatt battery storage project, and asked: "is this possible in Texas??" Musk responded: "Yes."

This is not Tesla's first foray into energy. Musk unveiled a home battery product, called the Powerwall, in 2015 and the electric carmaker later acquired SolarCity, another one of Musk's businesses, according to Bloomberg.

"I think long-term Tesla Energy will be roughly the same size as Tesla Automotive," Musk said during a July 22 earnings call. "The energy business is collectively bigger than the automotive business."

Some Tesla Powerwall owners avoided the long blackouts experienced by their fellow Texans last month, according to Teslerati. One Tesla car owner reported sleeping in the electric vehicle to avoid the cold.

The battery project is one of many Musk projects underway in Texas.

SpaceX, his aerospace manufacturing company, will break ground on a new "state-of-the-art manufacturing facility" in Austin related to its broadband Starlink project, according to its latest jobs postings. The company has already established a presence in Texas, where it has a launch facility in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, and a rocket development facility in McGregor.

Tesla is currently building a Gigafactory in Southeast Travis County. The Boring Company and Neuralink, two other Musk ventures, have also recently expanded to Austin.

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