In the latest development to solidify Tesla’s position as more than just a luxury electric car maker, the California-based company has been chosen to produce a lithium ion battery solution to power the city of Los Angeles during peak energy times. Following the massive methane leak near L.A. last year that caused more environmental damage than the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, authorities demanded a peak time solution that would not carry such enormous health and environmental risks. Tesla will design and build exactly that solution at its new Gigafactory.
Nearly a year ago, one area just outside L.A. turned into a homeowner’s worst nightmare, after the nearby Aliso Canyon natural gas reservoir sprang a leak, sending 1.6 million pounds of methane into the atmosphere and displacing around 8,000 local residents. Methane spewed from the reservoir for months before workers finally declared the leak permanently sealed. In response to what has been called one of “the worst disasters in U.S. history,” the California Public Utilities Commission urged utility companies to come up with sustainable utility-scale energy solutions to supply power during peak times—and they wanted something that could be brought online by Dec. 31, 2016. Because battery power doesn’t require the vast infrastructure that water and gas pipelines do, Tesla became the choice provider. In fact, Tesla “was the only bidder awarded a utility-owned storage project out of the solicitation,” according to the company’s release….Via inhabitat.com