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Published on February 12th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

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Tesla Gigafactory Spending Hits $1.3 Billion

February 12th, 2018 by  


BuildZoom is  a construction advisory and data collection firm. As part of its mission, it collects and analyzes information gleaned from building permit filings, which are public records. It has just updated its report from a year ago regarding the Tesla Gigafactory located in Sparks, Nevada. (How appropriate is it that the Gigafactory is located in a town called Sparks?)

Tesla Gigafactory

Last year at this time, BuildZoom reported that Tesla had filed for building permits from the Storey County Community Development office totaling just under $1 billion. In the year since, Tesla has filed for 112 more permits with a total value of $379.9 million. The work at the Gigafactory is paying dividends for the local government, which has received $5.58 million in fees so far.

50 of the 112 new permits issued were addendums to previous permits. An addendum is a supplemental permit that makes changes to a previous permit filed for the project. The value of those permits are the additional construction costs incurred to make the changes.  The addendums were worth a total of $165.6 million. According to BuildZoom, these are the major additions to the Gigafactory covered by the new permits granted during the past 12 months.

  1. A metrology lab (November 8, 2017)
  2. A brazing oven to automate metal joining (November 8, 2017)
  3. $179,850 for a hazmat building addendum (November 1, 2017)
  4. $13.7M for hot oil skid systems to store and transfer heat fluids (March 13, 2017)
  5. $10.8M for air separation yards to separate atmospheric air into elemental components
  6. $2.6M for chiller yards to remove heat from liquids

“Many of the permits have been related to the installation and anchoring of the equipment needed for the factory. Other interesting permits include a nitrogen yard, a thermal energy storage tank, and the Panasonic equipment installed in Section B and C. In addition, the installation and expansion of the contractor accommodation indicated the number of construction workers on site has increased,” BuildZoom reports.

If you aren’t sure what metrology is (it’s a word I have never encountered before), Wikipedia is your friend. Further information about Tesla’s building permit filings can be found on the BuildZoom blog.


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Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island and anywhere else the Singularity may take him. His muse is Charles Kuralt -- "I see the road ahead is turning. I wonder what's around the bend?" You can follow him on Google + and on Twitter.



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