Published on August 4th, 2014 | by Important Media Cross-Post


Tesla Gigafactory Site — California Or Nevada

August 4th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas2
By Steve Hanley

Tahoe Reno Industrial Center

Green Tech Media says it not only knows what state the long rumored Tesla Gigafactory will be built in but knows the actual address as well. If you want to send a personal note to Elon Musk, mail it to Reno Tahoe Industrial Center, 2641 Portofino Drive, Reno, Nevada 89434. Their source, Bob Tregilius, recently took a hike in the nearby mountains and saw 50 earth movers hard at work on a site he estimates is large enough to accommodate the 10 million square feet needed for the planned Gigafactory.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that a permit to move 140,000 cubic yards of dirt was issued to the Industrial Center on May 22. That’s enough dirt to build a wall 63 feet high by 100 yards long, but it still isn’t enough for the entire Gigafactory.

With up to 6,500 good paying jobs on the line, every state would like to win the Gigafactory sweepstakes. At present, both Texas and Nevada are rumored to be the front-runners, but Arizona and New Mexico may still be under consideration as well.

Musk is playing his cards close to the vest in all this. He has hinted numerous times that he may begin site development work in two or maybe even three states simultaneously so that when the final decision is made, precious time will not be lost to preliminary site work. Starting work in two states is not that unusual, says Dennis Donovan, a principal with another New Jersey-based site selection firm, Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting. But starting work at three sites definitely is. Donovan told the Post-Gazette;

I think it’s just a matter of Tesla saving time on the development process once it picks a site. (The concurrent development) is actually not that bad for those communities even if the company goes somewhere else because the site infrastructure will be valuable for other prospective tenants.

Yet recent developments have cast doubts on Nevada’s Gigafactory bid. Construction recently came to a halt, with the site reportedly closed “indefinitely”. This follows news that Tesla is reportedly considering a site in California, the former Concord Naval Weapons Station which doubles as a Federal Superfund site. That’s to say, it needs a major environmental cleanup…something that would be a great project for a green automaker to undertake, and likely give them access to Federal funding as well.

Elon Musk has said he wants construction on his Gigafactory to begin in 2014, but there’s still no definitive answer on site location.

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  • jeffhre

    Storage? They are projecting 60,000 cars delivered in 2015. That is demand for 420,000,000 batteries!

    • Steve Grinwis

      But they’re only little!

  • Calamity_Jean

    If Mr. Musk wants the Gigafactory started in 2014, he better get a move on. There’s less than half the year left.

    • Bob_Wallace

      He apparently has one site already graded. That is a start.

      • Offgridman

        There are also rumors out there on prep work at a site in Arizona with pictures of intensive grading similar to Reno. But no specific address, and just claims of the name Tiger2 (as Reno was called the Tiger project). But it could just be someone playing games as the pictures looked very similar to the ones from Nevada.
        Whichever site is chosen for first development the prep work at the others will not go to waste, and I don’t mean to benefit some other company. Musk made it clear that if things progress as he hopes over the next ten years, with the batteries being used in vehicles (Tesla and other manufacturers) and for home storage (starting with his own installation company, but then being sold to others), there is going to be a need for three or more Gigafactory’s. And he would prefer to see them all built in the US, not overseas. In my opinion that is more of the reason for Panasonic being slow to, and having smaller involvement, rather than they see this as such a high risk business as rumored. A majority of their profits are coming from batteries rather than other tech now, and they want to keep it that way because the margins are so much better.

  • Steve Grinwis

    I really want them to get going on this.

    We need the Gigafactory up and running yesterday. 😀

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