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Tesla Powerwalls for Home Energy Storage Hit U.S. Market

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“A year after Elon Musk unveiled the Powerwall at Tesla Motors Inc.’s design studio near Los Angeles, the first wave of residential installations has started in the U.S. The 6.4-kilowatt-hour unit stores electricity from home solar systems and provides backup in the case of a conventional outage. Weighing 214 pounds and standing about 4-feet tall, it retails for around $3,000. But hookup by a trained electrician is required, as is something called a bi-directional inverter that converts direct-current electricity into the kind used by dishwashers and refrigerators. The costs add up quickly — which has fueled skepticism about Musk’s dream of changing the way the world uses energy.

Tesla’s Powerwalls — and the larger Powerpacks for businesses and utilities — are made at the company’s gigafactory for battery production east of Reno, Nevada. The two products are part of Tesla Energy, which is its own business unit. In the first quarter, the unit delivered more than 2,500 Powerwalls and almost 100 Powerpacks in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa, Tesla said Wednesday in a letter to shareholders.

Consumer interest runs from rural residents eager for an alternative to diesel generators to Tesla loyalists who support the company’s mission of accelerating the transition to sustainable transportation and are forgiving of the company’s notorious product delays. Powerwall deliveries were originally supposed to begin last summer.”

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A Tesla Powerwall unit. Photographer: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/Bloomberg

Right – here is the thing about tech and anything related to it being new, we have to start somewhere. That somewhere needs to be a tested and safe environment for whatever new fangled gizmo we’re talking about, especially when releasing it upon the masses who are largely technically challenged. That’s not a poke, that is how is is with all new things. Although I’ve worked with some managers in software that swear it’s true, nothing is 100% intuitive. Now that solar panel prices are aligning with the layman, batteries need to follow suite. This is a step in the right direction and as long as we persist in the work, it’ll only get better.

 

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