Two “giga” deals — Tesla and Spiral — forging ahead this week

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New jobs at Tesla’s Gigfactory east of Reno

Tesla is ahead of plan for its $5-billion Gigafactory east of Reno and has begun posting dozens of new job listings, Sierra Foothills Report has learned.

The job growth is expected to provide a boost to the region, including Truckee in eastern Nevada County, which provides the backyard quality of life for new workers and their families.

Gigabit internet project also up for vote on Thursday

It also comes as the California Public Utilities Commission is getting set to vote on Thursday on Spiral Internet’s (as Bright Fiber Network) gigabit fiber optic Internet network project in western Nevada County, as previously reported. I expect the project will win approval, as do others.

Both projects will help our region become more tech-focused.

The Bright Fibre deal “approves grant funding in the amount of $16,339,451 and loan funding of $500,000 from the California Advanced Services Fund for the grant application of Bright Fiber Network, Inc. for installation of a fiber-to-the-premises system in rural Nevada County,” according to Thursday’s CPUC agenda (see item #41). “Extends gigabit high-speed internet service to an estimated 1,963 households spread amongst about 21 square miles in underserved Nevada County communities, generally between the outskirts of Grass Valley and Colfax.”

And as for Tesla’s giant tech project, “In early Q4, we relocated production from Fremont to an automated assembly line at the Gigafactory,” according to Tesla’s third-quarter letter to shareholders. “We have also accelerated plans to begin cell production for Tesla Energy products at the Gigafactory by the end of 2016. This is several quarters ahead of our initial plan.”

Tesla also has begun posting dozens of job listings for the Gigafactory, according to its website and other career websites such as — which are eclipsing newspapers as a resource for job listings.

This includes jobs in engineering, manufacturing, facilities, supply chain, product excellence and finance.

Some examples of the positions: civil, mechanical, quality and structural engineers; commodity managers for chemicals, electronics, stampings-castings; and scheduler, among others.

The Gigafactory is going to be slightly smaller than a Boeing jetliner plant, as reported previously.

Tesla broke ground on the Gigafactory in June 2014 outside Sparks, Nevada expects to begin cell production in 2017. By 2020, the Gigafactory will reach full capacity and produce more lithium ion batteries annually than were produced worldwide in 2013.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

2 thoughts on “Two “giga” deals — Tesla and Spiral — forging ahead this week”

  1. “Extends gigabit high-speed internet service to an estimated 1,963 households spread amongst about 21 square miles in underserved Nevada County communities, generally between the outskirts of Grass Valley and Colfax.”

    A lot of folks on the San Juan Ridge would like to be on that train. Hell, many would be happy just with a demand driven, prepaid, bus service. When enough folks reserve spots, then the BusCo sends out and appropriate sized bus. Return buses at 5,6,7 pm, again as needed, by advanced reservation.

    I have Digital Path, but I also have a line of site location from my roof to the tower I can see from back porch, 3.7 miles away on Oregon House Peak. It works great, except about once every two to three weeks it goes off the air for a couple of hours. Then I just use my Verizon wireless cell as a wifi hotspot.

  2. As expected, the CPUC today approved Spirial’s project. I hope it can be executed with perfection — and much better communication with the blogging community. I, for one, had a lengthly discussion with a CPUC official a few months ago and spoke highly of the project. The official remembered me from my time covering the CPUC at The San Francisco Chronicle. You’re welcome.

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