news Solar power company Natural Solar and power giant Origin are to be the first resellers of Tesla Energy’s Powerwall to the Australian market.
Natural Solar expects expected the first home installations of the state-of-the-art battery system to take place in January, while Origin has said it expects to begin fulfilling orders in February.
The Tesla Powerwall is a stylish, wall-mounted rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is suitable for indoor and outdoor installation, and comes with a 10-year warranty.
Tesla describes it as: “[A] home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply.”
Powerwall’s come with a 7 kWh energy storage capacity – sufficient to power most homes during the evening using power generated by solar panels during the day, according to Tesla. Multiple batteries can be installed together for homes that have greater energy demands. A 10 kWh weekly cycle version is available for backup applications.
Frank Calabria, Origin’s CEO Energy Markets, said, “By offering rooftop solar with home batteries, Origin is able to provide households with greater control over their energy use than ever before. Customers can now also make their investment in solar work harder, as excess electricity produced during the day can be stored for use at a later time when the solar panels do not produce electricity.”
According to a statement from Natural Solar, there has been an influx of enquiries from Australian consumers since Tesla first announced the Powerwall earlier this year, and that demand for the new product is already high.
Chris Williams, Managing Director at Natural Solar said being a Tesla Energy authorised reseller is a milestone for the Sydney-based firm, which is a provider of renewable energy products and expertise.
Australia is one of the first regions globally to receive Tesla’s new unit. Natural Solar said this is due largely to high electricity prices, abundant sunlight and fast uptake of renewable energy – with more than 1.5 million households already using solar.
“The Powerwall Home Battery is unique because it can be installed inside or outside, is extremely efficient and is functional for both single- and three-phase households. It can also be islanded from the grid in the event of a blackout,” Williams said.
Origin’s Calabria said that home batteries are not necessarily for everyone at this early stage, but that, in a recent survey, more than 80% of owners of solar photo-voltaic panels indicated they would consider buying one.
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