Tesla Powerwall Home Battery: Hype or Solution?
For those of you who have a vested interest in going completely off-grid, you were possibly holding out for the latest and greatest that Tesla has been promising. If you listen to Elon Musk, he will tell you that the new Tesla Powerwall system is the solution to end all non-renewable energy sources for the entire world.
Is that something really attainable? Will we as humans ever see this in our lifetime?
We at Sun Solar believe it is a very attainable possibility with the strides being made in renewable energy storage. This is a big focus for many energy and technology companies desiring abundant energy storage.
As a turn-key solar installation company, Sun Solar is proud to offer both solar energy systems and battery back-up options. Though battery storage adds additional costs to the overall solar project, customers find it well worth the investment. And though the idea of going “off-grid” sounds enticing, many customers who purchase a battery back-up system remain tied to the grid.
Tesla Powerwall is a very impressive battery system that has been lacking from the solar storage market. Tesla themselves realized the need for a better home battery product, as its predecessors having been lacking in affordable price-points, reliability, aesthetics, quality, efficiency, better integration, reliable life expectancy and scalability to meet individual needs.
Those are certainly some big shoes to fill, but Tesla Powerwall seems to have it all. Tesla is making some big predictions for their new battery system, and we at Sun Solar are excited to see just how impactful it will be for the average residential solar owner.
The good news for those that have already gone solar and are looking to make this an addition, is that the Tesla Powerwall will function with most inverter models that are included as part of your system. The other good news is both Powerwall models are generally enough to power most homes. But, in the event that it’s not, you can have multiple Powerwall batteries connected to each other to expand your usage capabilities.
One area that Tesla has always done well is the aesthetics. Tesla Powerwall weighs around 220 lbs. and is meant to be mounted to an outer or inner wall of the home. It is very sleek and even comes in a variety of colors to make it a conversation starter. The voltage for both systems will range from 350 to 450 volts of DC electricity and have 5 kilowatts of continuous power and peak power of 7 kilowatts.
In addition to Tesla Powerwall, Tesla will also offer what they call the Powerpack. This is their solution for larger businesses and solar farms to house solar energy. While you may imagine, the Powerpack isn’t quite as sleek as the Powerwall, due to the sheer capacity and storage it will hold, but it is still quite impressive. During the launch party, Elon Musk stated that the “Powerpack is an infinitely scalable system.” The Powerpack has 100kWh of storage and will start with a price point of $25,000.
Tesla has even gone so far as to let us know that it would only take two billion Powerpack systems to replace all transport, heating and electricity in the entire world. That may seem impossible, but they remind us that that is roughly how many vehicles are on the roads worldwide.
At the very least, Tesla Powerwall and Powerpack are a huge improvement on existing technology and something well worth considering for new and existing solar users.