Real estate developers Brookfield and Dacra are partnering with Tesla Energy to create the first Tesla Solar neighborhood, provisionally named SunHouse at Easton Park, in Austin, Texas.
The development initiative will combine Brookfield and Dacra’s real estate knowledge with Tesla Energy’s sustainable products and innovations, and together the companies aim to create the “most sustainable” residential community yet.
“Neighborhood solar installations across all housing types will reshape how people live,” says Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla. “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.”
SunHouse will be developed on land from Brookfield Residential’s Easton Park master-planned community, but will be designed and marketed separately from the community. Tesla V3 solar roof tiles and Powerwall 2 battery storage are among the Tesla features to be installed in phases at the community’s homes.
“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,” says Brian Kingston, CEO of Brookfield’s real estate business. “As consumers increasingly seek out energy security alongside sustainable places to live, combining Tesla’s solar technology together with Brookfield’s real estate and renewables development capabilities will help us meet demand for environmentally responsible communities of the future.”
The first installations took place in June in select homes under construction. The next phase will include “significantly more” homes, and the final phase will encompass the entire master-planned community. This phased approach will provide the partnership with real-time insight into the product integration process, which will guide installment improvements as the community comes together.
Tesla Solar is committed to provide oversight of the community’s energy systems, while Brookfield will manage a communitywide solar program through its renewable power business. It is anticipated that residents will be able to produce enough energy via solar power to meet daily needs, which will reduce demand on the local electrical grid.
“Our goal is to establish that fully sustainable neighborhoods are not only viable, but the best practical and economical choice,” says Craig Robins, CEO of Dacra. “Together with Brookfield and Tesla, we are trying to change the world by creating technology-driven, energy-independent communities that make the world a better place.”