The new design for the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada features a roof covered in solar panels, while a wind farm still sits off to one side of the structure. The previous design put the solar array on the ground near to the factory, so the new design is much more space efficient. By being “net zero” the factory won’t have to be off-grid, but it is pledged that it will be powered by renewables. In a separate comment, Musk stated the Gigafactory would be “shaped like a diamond” for increased efficiency during the building process, so the latest concept design may yet get further tweaking.
The economic impact of the project on Nevada will be huge. As Governor Sandoval stated: “This is great news for Nevada. Tesla will build the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory in Nevada which means nearly one hundred billion dollars in economic impact to the Silver State over the next twenty years.” The factory is anticipated to directly create 6,500 jobs and a further 16,000 jobs indirectly, which would increase state employment by two percent and regional employment by over 10 percent. Musk also revealed that Nevada didn’t offer the biggest incentive package of the five states competing to host the Gigafactory, but the state is offering $1.25 billion in tax incentives to Tesla over 20 years, allowing it to effectively operate tax free in the state for 10 years.