Elon Musk’s Tesla Energy company and some business partners announced on Friday that they are planning the country’s most sustainable residential neighborhood – and they plan to create it in Austin, Texas.
Tesla Energy’s partners in the project include Brookfield Asset Management and development company Dacra, according to FOX 7 from Austin.
The plan, called “SunHouse at Easton Park,” will be built in phases and include solar energy and other alternative energy sources, the partners explained.
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“Neighborhood solar installations across all housing types will reshape how people live,”
“The feedback we get from solar and battery products used in this community will affect how we develop and launch new products.”
Home will include Tesla V3 solar roof tiles and Powerall 2 battery storage units in homes located on land in Brookfield Residentials Easton Park development, FOX 7 reported.
Energy storage will help residents in the event of a power outage, the report says.
Construction actually began last month, according to the station.
“Our goal is to establish that fully sustainable neighborhoods are not only viable, but also the best practical and economical choice,” said Craig Robins, CEO of Dacra. “Together with Brookfield and Tesla, we are trying to change the world by creating technology-driven, energy-dependent societies that make the world a better place.”
The business partners also said they plan to work on transportation and technology ideas in the development, according to FOX 7.
Officials from both Austin and Travis County have pledged to support the project, the report added.
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However, it remained unclear whether taxpayers would absorb infrastructure costs, and it was unclear how much buyers would pay for the houses, or when they might first become available.
Tesla has previously announced plans for a 5,000-job “gigafactory” manufacturing facility in Travis County, according to the report.