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Details On Tesla Gigafactory Building Permits To Date

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With the official Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory Grand Opening still calming down, doing an article detailing Gigafactory 1’s building permits to date seems as though it could provide some new insight into the project’s progress to date.


According to an email sent to CleanTechnica by Jack Cookson over at BuildZoom, the total permitted value of work to date rests at $385,878,911 — with ~$60 million of that relating to permits issued in the last month or so.

Interestingly, one of the recent permits (dating to July 18, 2016) is for a “temporary tent structure” that presumably relates to the Grand Opening. Though, that remains unconfirmed for now. The valuation on that permit is $300,000 — a big tent, one of the sort that you often see at such big events.

Here’s more from the recent email:

  • The biggest single permit was a $22 million permit for the “Section F Expansion.”
  • The first permits related to Panasonic work were issued to Tesla on June 28th and July 13th. The two permits are for the installation of Panasonic tools. The two permits were both designated to section B/C and totaled $16.2 million.
  • There was also $14.4 million worth of addenda to sections D/E.
  • There was $9.4 million in “seismic anchoring” issued in permits.
  • There was $350,000 across two permits for contractor lunch tents, perhaps related to the increase in construction workers they recently took on.
  • There was also a parking expansion and while I don’t know what a “Nitrogen Yard” is there was a permit for one.

Gigafactory building permits

Those interested can find a full listing of the Gigafactory 1’s current building permits here

An earlier blog post on the subject published on BuildZoom provided some additional information, including the fact that Tesla apparently donated a fire engine to the local fire department in addition to the other $4.7 million spent on fire safety (which includes a permit for a fire command center).

First image by Tesla, second from BuildZoom

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