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Tesla Gigafactory will be powered by 70MGWT solar farm

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Tesla’s Gigafactory 1, a giant battery plant located in Nevada, will be powered with a 70-megawatt solar farm, making the facility almost 100% reliant on renewable energy sources, Electrek reports. The factory will boast the world’s largest rooftop solar array, aside from relying on a combination of geothermal and wind energy.

The massive factory situated in Western Nevada produces lithium-ion batteries used for Tesla’s new energy storage products, the Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2. Production began earlier this month.

The Gigafactory’s roof, composed of a 70-megawatt solar panel, should boost efficiency and in combination with wind turbines will provide the factory with its energy requirements. The idea is to avoid consuming fossil fuels and to power the facility with solar energy. In doing this, Tesla hopes to achieve a completely electric factory that leaves zero carbon emissions, doesn’t consume fossil fuels and operates on clean energy. Heating and water are to be sustainable at the factory as well. Most of the heating would come from waste heat left from production processes at the plant.

The automaker and energy storage company will most likely employ SolarCity, its recently acquired subsidiary, to produce the solar panels.

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