Tesla’s Tilburg Site Has Massive Solar Roof

3 weeks ago by Mark Kane 10

Tesla’s Tilburg Solar Rooftop

Kees van der Leun, a clean energy advocate, noted that Tesla’s Tilburg assembly plant in the Netherlands has a rooftop covered with a solar installation.

Tesla Tilburg Factory

Solar covers some 43,000 square meters and is estimated to generate up to 3 MW of electricity.

It’s one of the latest and largest installations in the Netherlands.

The Gigafactory in Nevada (or Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, NY) hasn’t yet received its solar installations.

An even bigger solar installation is expected at Tesla’s battery Gigafactory in Nevada. Though Tesla has not provided a timeline for its install.

Source: Teslarati

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10 responses to "Tesla’s Tilburg Site Has Massive Solar Roof"

  1. John says:

    3 MW o 3 GW?
    3 MW seem so few to that extend solar roof

    1. Jay says:

      I wasn’t sure about your comment so I googled 1 MW. Per some websites, 1 MW can power 164 homes as a rule of thumb.

      Therefore, 3 MW would be 492 homes using linear interpolation. That is a lot of energy.

      1. MikeM says:

        Based on the apparent roof area from Google maps (Tesla, Tilburg, NL) with a WAG at adjustments for panel efficiency and no tilt-up I came up with 4.8MW.

        Close enough, I’d say, to agree with a 3MW estimate.
        That’s at high noon in summer (and it isn’t raining).

    2. Roy_H says:

      Peak power (summer, noon, perfectly clear sky) would be about 8MW so 3MW is probably daytime average.

  2. G2 says:

    I didn’t know Tesla had a plant there.

    1. Roy_H says:

      By doing final assembly there, they are able to label the cars as European made and don’t get hit up for high import taxes.

      1. G2 says:

        OK; thanks.

      2. John Doe says:

        Just like all the vans that is assembled in the US to avoid the chicken tax.
        Even though tesla would not have to pay anything as high as that.. and in some markets non at all.

  3. Jim Whitehead says:

    A solar roof is a major capital investment with a breakeven several years away, so its a good sign Tesla will stay in that location for many years to come, even if they build a new Gigafactory nearby for Europe this year.

    (No I am not privy to inside plans. I simply point out they promised new Gigafactory announcements soon for Europe and China and never altered the promise. Tesla often does this, running on “Musk Time” so fast, that all their clocks are relativistic and run slow by at least a year). 🙂

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I didn’t realize SpaceX had achieved relativistic speed with their spacecraft. They’re more advanced than I thought! 🙂

      But it’s good to finally have a logical explanation for Musk Time.

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