By Brent Sauser
The long awaited official announcement was made on Thursday, September 4, 2014 that Tesla Motors will be building their new $5 billion “Gigafactory” in Nevada, beating out rivals California, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. This new state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant will increase Nevada employment by 6,500 workers. Experts say that mass production of the storage batteries could cut the cost in half, which opens the door for affordable home battery storage for PV systems. SolarCity has joined Tesla in exploring this potentially lucrative and untapped market.
Renewable energy is making significant progress in meaningful ways. Within three years Tesla hopes to have a lower cost mass production electric vehicle on the market. About this time, also, the cost of lithium-ion battery storage will lower to an affordable range for home PV use. The prospect of going from a Net Zero solution to a Zero Energy Solution before the year 2020 is nothing short of remarkable and doable. The ultimate goal is to be totally detached from the power grid, meaning no Net Metering . . . . . no meter at all! Perhaps the best way to solve this global issue is one solar home conversion at a time. Thanks to organizations such as Tesla and SolarCity we can do it!