Tesla Energy, partnered with Brookfield Asset Management and real estate developer Dacra, announced its plans to create a fully sustainable community in Easton Park.
The project has been labeled SunHouse at Easton Park. The neighborhood will be developed on Easton Park’s master-planned residential community but will be marketed separately.
Developers will use a combination of Tesla V3 solar roof tiles and Powerwall 2 battery storage as the sustainable features of the housing.
The use of the solar tiles paired with the battery storage is what makes this project possible, says Brookfield Residential Texas President.
The solar tiles capture and make energy during the day, whether it is being used or not, and stores it to be used when the sun is not shining.
Developers also believe the panels will produce enough energy to lessen the load of the energy grid, possibly leading to compensations to residents for returning power to the grid.
In the case of power outages, residents will be provided backup storage batteries. Additionally, the companies plan to work over the next year to incorporate transportation, technology, and energy solutions to create this fully sustainable neighborhood – this includes EV charging stations.
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, explained each house will “be its own utility. And so even if all the lights go out in the neighborhood, you will still have power. So that gives people energy security.”
The project will install the sustainable features in phases, the first phase has begun in June – the construction of sample houses – will provide developers with a better understanding of how the products will integrate, paving the way for the future phases.
“The City of Austin is excited for the arrival of these affordable options to housing powered by renewable energy,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
Musk has announced the project as one that will “reshape how people live.”