Tesla is adding to its local footprint with a warehouse in Manchester. (Mike Platania photo)

Tesla’s Energy Operations division is preparing to open a warehouse at 300 Stockton St. in Manchester. The California-based company is leasing about 19,500 square feet, according to city documents.

The company’s solar and energy division offers solar panels, solar shingles, and batteries and inverters for both commercial and residential solar roofs, per its website. The division operates separately from Tesla’s electric car business, which arrived in Richmond in 2017 when it opened a store on West Broad Street in Henrico.

Last week, Tesla filed a Certificate of Zoning Compliance for the building — a preemptive step often taken by businesses to ensure their planned use for a building fits

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