It appears that another Tesla megapack farm is taking shape, this time at the Arroyo Solar and Storage Project in New Mexico. Pictures of the site under construction were recently shared on social media.
according to a post on linkedin From Nicholas Park, Chief Operating Officer of NuConsult Services, some megapack batteries have already been delivered to the site and are being installed. Based on the project images shared so far, it appears that the space for about 100 batteries at the Megapack farm has been completed.
In November of last year, reports indicated that Wells Fargo had closed its first tax equity investment in the Arroyo Solar & Storage project. The huge renewable power plant will combine a total of 300MWac solar PV with 150MW/600MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), according to Energy Storage News, Tesla Megapack will be used for the project.
With that in mind, the site’s existing photos that have been shared online may only represent about half (or a little over half) of the actual size of the Arroyo Solar and Storage project. Considering the substantial size of the Megapack Farm, the installation would be extremely useful in stabilizing the grid of the area.
The Arroyo project is reportedly being developed by DE Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI), while maintenance and operation of the system will be provided by Tesla and SOLV Energy. Thomas de Swardt, DESRI’s chief commercial officer, previously stated that the upcoming solar and battery installation will play a key role in New Mexico’s transition to a renewable grid.
“Arroyo is an important project for our companies, with the inclusion of energy storage as well as the key role it will play in New Mexico’s energy transition,” said de Svardt.
Earlier this month, Tesla executives reportedly held a meeting with Gigafactory employees. During the event, it was mentioned that Tesla is aiming to produce 442 megapacks of batteries in the third quarter. If successful, Tesla will be able to register an 85% increase in megapack production compared to the second quarter.
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