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Tesla installed its Powerpack for a sustainability project at a church in Oakland, California. The company is a sponsor of the project and its contributions will generate over $285,000 in energy savings over ten years, bringing much-needed resources to underserved and overlooked communities.
On December 21, 2022, Allen Temple Baptist Church's Family Life Center completed the installation of a sustainable energy storage project in Oakland, California that was done in partnership with Tesla. On January 15, a gala event took place that marked the completion of this project with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting, according to a press release (via Teslarati).
Allen Temple Baptist Church's Family Life Center is a safe place and a source of reliable holistic care for the community through its gymnasium, meeting spaces, and life-enriching programs based at the center. It became the first church in Northern California to work with Tesla on a sustainability project, which reflects the company's ongoing efforts to provide much-needed sustainable resources to underserved and overlooked communities.
It is reported that this project took more than 1650 person-hours to complete. Preparation, installation and solar panels for it are estimated at $720,000. Tesla provided the Powerpack. As a result, Tesla's investment will generate more than $285,000 in electricity savings over ten years. During a community power outage, the Family Life Center will be able to operate continuously as a place for residents to receive services and support. This is just one of the many ways the community is benefiting from this Tesla-sponsored sustainability project.
“Flatland communities in East Oakland and other areas of our city remain adversely impacted by environmental justice issues. At the heart of the issue is access. Equitable access to clean air, clean water, healthy food options, and clean energy. But there is a growing movement in California and nationwide to provide this access in overlooked and underserved communities. Dr. Ambrose Carroll and Green The Church have stood at the intersection of the Black Church and this movement creating critical connections that promote sustainability. Tesla's willingness to commit their time, talent, resources, and technology to projects in the community reflects the power and potential of business and faith-based partnerships. When equity and justice for all is the goal, we all win. I am thankful for the leadership and support of our Trustee Ministry in making this vision a reality. May this be the first of many.” ~Rev. Dr. Jacqueline A. Thompson.
“We are thankful to see our friends at Tesla involved in work that empowers the community. Through this partnership with Allen Temple, Tesla has shown its desire to ensure that in the Bay Area, when it comes to clean tech, they want all boats to rise as the clean energy sector thrives. This project brings Allen Temple one step closer to being a ‘Resilience Hub’ for its community. When the neighborhood loses power due to fires, rain, storms, floods, or earthquakes, this faith community can be ready to provide food, shelter, and health aid, all of which are standards for resilience. Gentrification and marginalization have drastically affected Deep East Oakland for a long time. The black community owns many faith buildings, some of which are storefronts and others great Cathedrals, and all these buildings across the country need retrofitting. Many, like Allen Temple, can and will become Resilience Hubs!” ~ Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.