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Mobile BESS firm Moxion launches California manufacturing plant in ceremony with governor Newsom

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Mobile battery energy storage system (BESS) firm Moxion has announced plans to build a manufacturing plant in California with 7GWh of production capacity, in a launch ceremony attended by the state governor.

The announcement ceremony last week (25 May) was attended by state governor Gavin Newsom, who used the event to release California’s clean energy roadmap, called “Building the Electricity Grid of the Future: California’s Clean Energy Transition Plan.”

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The roadmap outlines the policies to help the Sunshine State achieve complete decarbonisation by 2045, including by encouraging investment in project’s like Moxion’s, the company said.

Moxion’s facility at the former Ford Point Assembly Plant will be a 205,000 square foot facility with an eventual annual production capacity of 7GWh a year of its mobile BESS units. It did not give a date for when it expects the facility to become operational, however.

The company sells its solution to industries that typically rely on on-site diesel generation, including the film and TV industry through deals with companies like Amazon. Moxion also sells into the live events, disaster response, utilities, construction and defence sectors.

“California is the #1 manufacturing state in America. The future happens here first, and we have to accelerate our transition. We can achieve reliability through ingenuity, through entrepreneurial spirit, through creativity, and not just through inspiration but desperation,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.

“Out of the ashes of the wildfire, this idea was conceived. To come up with an idea, put pen to paper, get the capital, get the workforce trained and operational, manufacturing in a community that has been ravaged by the fossil fuel industry in the past, but now with a fresh air of progress, you’ve marked the framework of the future. It’s an American story. It’s a California made story.”

In September last year, Moxion raised US$100 million in a Series B with investors including Amazon and Microsoft, and it said it will benefit from many of the tax incentive programmes for energy storage included in the Inflation Reduction Act.

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