Tesla Motors has been granted a UK electricity generation licence enabling it to further local ambitions as an energy business.
The electric carmaker is planning to build out a virtual power plant in the UK and elsewhere using its autobidder platform. It applied for the licence in April.
Virtual power plants are aggregated distributed energy assets that can be remotely controlled to act like a power station. Lots of businesses are trying to build them and they will be increasingly required to keep a renewables-driven power system stable.
Tesla also provides stationary storage for homes and businesses, as well as solar panels.
It may also be planning to enable its cars to form part of any virtual power plant, though has not yet confirmed that ambition.