Elon Musk and Tesla plan to build a gigafactory in Cape To to produce Powerwall batteries, sufficient to power an entire home using solar energy.
This could well make nuclear power obsolete in South Africa.
The Tesla Powerwall for residential use comes in two models, 7 kWh and 10 kWh, and both are set to answer one of the main questions relating to solar energy — that of storage.
The company also produces a larger, utility-scale storage product geared for businesses wishing to store backup amounts of solar or wind electricity.
Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, hails from South Africa, and a recent announcement has been made that Musk is planning to build what he dubs a “gigafactory” in Cape Town to produce the Powerwall batteries.
As reported by Times Live, Tesla has already been in talks with the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Renewable Energy over building the large factory in the province.
Western Cape MEC for economic opportunities, Alan Winde, says the factory is now a step closer to becoming reality after Tesla recently poached Evan Rice, chief executive of GreenCape, and appointed him business development manager for South Africa.
Winde told Times Live, “Evan phoned me to say [he] was leaving GreenCape. When he told me where he was going I said it was definitely good news,” adding that the plan aims to make nuclear power in that country obsolete.