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Elon Musk quietly constructing energy project in Texas: report

Tesla CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskOn The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain Musk warns on cryptocurrency surge: 'Invest with caution!' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture MORE is reportedly seeking to break into Texas’s energy economy with a previously unknown battery that is under construction.

Bloomberg reported that Gambit Energy Storage, a subsidiary of Tesla, is discreetly building a more than 100-megawatt energy storage project in Angleton, Texas. A battery of that size could power around 20,000 homes in the summer, according to Bloomberg.

Workers at the construction site reportedly covered equipment and discouraged onlookers.

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Property records indicate that Gambit shares the same address as a Tesla facility in Fremont, Calif., close to the company’s auto plant.

Warren Lasher, senior director of system planning at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), told Bloomberg that Gambit was registered with ERCOT and that the project has a projected commercial operation date of June 1.

Bloomberg noted that although Tesla has largely focused on manufacturing electric vehicles, the company has always expanded beyond that product line. 

“I think, long term, Tesla Energy will be roughly the same size as Tesla Automotive,” Musk previously said in a June 2020 earnings call. “The energy business is collectively bigger than the automotive business.”

Tesla is building a new auto plant in Texas and Musk has shifted some of his focus to the Lone Star State. In December 2020, Musk confirmed that he had moved to Texas due to California's regulations on tech companies.

The Hill has reached out to Tesla for comment and confirmation.