POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Apr. 19, 2016

The Tesla Gigafactory to provide 35 GWh of energy storage; India's Energy Minister says solar is cheaper than coal


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • The Tesla Gigafactory outside of Reno, Nevada, which will manufacture batteries for Tesla’s electric cars, is forecasted to produce 35 GWh of energy storage a year for its vehicles. As reported on NPR, the factory has an estimated cost of $5 billion and will stand at 5.8 million square feet, roughly 100 football fields. To date, only 14 percent of the factory has been built. The factory will also manufacture larger versions of the Powerpacks for energy storage at factories, industrial sites and electric utilities.
  • While speaking about India’s action plan for renewables, the country’s Energy Minister, Piyush Goyal, said that solar energy is now cheaper than coal. He sates, “Of course there are challenges of 24/7 power. We accept all of that – but we have been able to come up with a solar-based long term vision that is not subsidy based.” India is on track to deploy more than 100 GW of solar power by 2022, beating its own goal for solar energy.
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