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Tesla Motor's - Gigafactory - San Antonio - Is the city a right choice?

by Vishal Sapru 03 Jul 2014
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Since the news of Tesla Motor's plan to build a lithium-ion battery factory to support its electric vehicle initiatives there has been a push by different states to win them over. Each state is pushing hard to get Tesla to choose their city as this is likely to bring jobs, infrastructure growth, tax dollars and future investments to their states. Only time will tell what Tesla Motor's CEO decides. But in the interim one of the city that stands out from the rest is San Antonio. The city has grown and shown tremendous potential in the last 10 years. There has been focus on infrastructure, renewable power, electric vehicle and overall good governance. With a dynamic young mayor who has been focusing on smart and green San Antonio there have been multiple projects that have been initiated for the development of San Antonio. What a factory will require to succeed is manpower and San Antonio has a lot of skilled manpower to offer. One example is the Toyota's truck manufacturing plant which proves that the city can meet workforce demand. Bexar county in San Antonio has a large manufacturing workforce. Another important partner for Tesla in San Antonio will be CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned energy utility in the country. CPS Energy offers competitive commercial rates and can support Tesla's desire to use renewable energy for its factory. CPS Energy's focus on renewable power has resulted in the city being ranked 6th in the nation for installed solar power. Wind farms contribute over 13% of total energy. CPS Energy plans to use renewable power to meet 20 percent of electricity demand by 2020. The utility plans to have at least 100 MW coming from non wind sources in 2020. CPS Energy has already reached 89.4 MW of installed utility scale solar which includes 49 MW of CPS Energy's landmark 400 MW solar deal with OCI Solar Power, Mission Solar and other partners. This has resulted in bringing solar component manufacturing and jobs to San Antonio.


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