Tesla Gigafactory 2
In our quest to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, Tesla manufactures infinitely scalable clean energy generation and storage products – solar panels, Solar Roof, the Powerwall home battery, and the Powerpack battery system for commercial and utility-scale sites. These products make use of the most sustainable energy source: the sun. In 2017, Tesla began production of solar cells and modules at Gigafactory 2 – a 1.2 million square-foot facility in Buffalo, New York. In Q4 2017, Tesla also started manufacturing Solar Roof, which consists of uniquely designed and extremely durable glass tiles that bring sustainable electricity production to any home. Today, there are nearly 800 employees at Gigafactory 2.
Originally a steel manufacturing site, the 88-acre property located along the Buffalo River was transformed to produce solar panels and solar cells. The factory’s original occupant entered into an agreement with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York. Tesla secured Gigafactory 2 through its acquisition of SolarCity in 2016.
With the goal of increasing annual capacity beyond 2 GW per year, twice the original estimate for the factory, Tesla continues to steadily ramp operations and production of solar cells, modules and Solar Roof with its partner, Panasonic. In line with agreements with the State of New York, Tesla will create 5,000 clean energy jobs in the state over 10 years – many of those in Buffalo, making the city a hub for sustainable innovation and advanced manufacturing.