Tesla will be supplying SpaceX up to 8MWh Powerpacks for its expansion.
Tesla will supply up to 8 MWh of Powerpacks for SpaceX’s Starbase solar farm in Boca Chica. This is the latest collaboration between the two companies. —as reported by electrek. The SpaceX solar farm has 1 MW of solar power and 3.87 MWh of energy storage capacity.
In an earlier report, SpaceX was said to expand its facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The solar farm will be increasing its size by 1.7 acres, or about 30%, making the solar array 7.1 acres.
According to the report by CNBC, some documents showed the expansion of the facility stated: ‘The expansion underway, with construction expected to take place over two years in all, would add 750 kilowatts of power for a total of 1.6 MWs of energy, and an additional battery system enabling up to 8 MW-hours of storage.’
In its expansion, SpaceX is reportedly going to panels made by Chinese manufacturers Trina Solar at the launch facility rather than photovoltaics produced by Tesla. However, they will be using Tesla’s power packs.
SpaceX also bought components worth $2.8 million from Tesla last year. SpaceX also licenses software from Tesla, which has done some engineering work for the rocket-launch provider.
Tesla is also providing Powerpacks for SpaceX since 2018.