Tesla Powerwalls, Solar Roof to Power Housing Project in Texas

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According to a press release Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently shared on Twitter, Tesla Solar is teaming up with Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Dacra to build a large-scale sustainable residential neighborhood in Austin, Texas.

Provisionally named SunHouse at Easton Park, the project will see V3 Tesla Solar Roofs and Powerwall 2 units installed, in phases, in newly built homes in the SunHouse community — a part of Brookfield Residential’s master-planned residential community in Easton Park.

“Neighborhood solar installations across all housing types will reshape how people live,” said Elon Musk.

“Brookfield and Dacra’s commitment to stay at the vanguard of that evolution is what makes them the right collaborator for Tesla Energy. The feedback we get from the solar and battery products used in this community will impact how we develop and launch new products.”

The project is expected to create what will be the first Tesla Solar neighborhood in the U.S. and the most sustainable large-scale residential community in the country. “This initiative brings together multiple parts of our organization with innovative and forward-thinking partners that share a commitment to advance the development of sustainable communities,” said Brian Kingston, CEO of Brookfield’s Real Estate business.

“Our goal is to establish that fully-sustainable neighborhoods are not only viable, but the best practical and economical choice,” said Dacra CEO Craig Robins about the project.

The first phase of the project began in June with a relatively small sample, and the first installations will guide the process moving forward as it is expanded to cover the entire community.

Beyond complete home energy systems for the neighborhood, Brookfield’s renewable power division will implement a community-wide solar program to serve broader public needs and surrounding neighborhoods. There is also potential for homeowners within the community to be compensated for the power they return to Austin’s energy grid.

Brookfield Residential has also announced that all of the homes within the community will feature state-of-the-art technology solutions, including electric vehicle charging stations in each home.

“The City of Austin is excited for the arrival of these affordable options to housing powered by renewable energy,” said Mayor Steve Adler. Over the next 12 months, Tesla, Brookfield, and Dacra will collaborate to establish additional transportation, technology and energy solutions as the residential community is developed.

Demand for Tesla’s Solar Roofs has been through the roof as of late, and Tesla recently surpassed 200,000 Powerwall installations across the globe.