Tesla Powerwall Stories August 21

Bluetti, makers of battery backup systems both large and small, have announced its modular take on the home battery backup. With the Tesla Powerwall only available to solar roof customers (and backorders up the wazoo), many are dipping their toes into vehicle or home backup systems from the likes of Bluetti.

Bluetti has announced its flagship AC300 modular backup system, the B300 modular battery, the Fusion Box Pro to connect staggering power, and also the upgraded AC200 MAX all-in-one unit.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories July 14

Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla currently has a Powerwall backlog of 80,000 orders, which is worth over $500 million, but it can’t ramp up production to meet that due to the global chip shortage.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories May 26

Tesla announced today that they have just surpassed 200,000 Powerwalls installed globally.

It means that Tesla installed as many Powerwalls over the last year as it did for the first five years of the home battery pack’s existence.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories May 24

Tesla has released a new software update for Powerwall with better integration with Tesla’s Energy Plan and Virtual Power Plant, as well as a few more features.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories May 17

Vermont-based electric utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) announced a new program to use Tesla Autobidder software and Powerwalls in order to replace fossil-fuel-powered power plants, thus helping to balance the grid.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories May 5

A Tesla Powerwall owner demonstrated what it looks like when you go through a 48-hour power outage with the battery system and solar power.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories April 30

Tesla has now released the specs and the first images of a new Powerwall + installation after the power update announced by Elon Musk last week.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories April 21

Elon Musk announced that Tesla is going to bundle its solar products, solar roofs and solar panels, with its Powerwall home battery pack going forward.

You are not going to be able to buy one without the other starting next week.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories April 6

A small new virtual power plant project by Swell Energy has been approved in Queens, New York, and it is going to be powered by Tesla Powerwall.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories March 15

Tesla has stopped taking orders for Powerwall, its home battery pack, if it is not linked to a new solar panel project.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories February 18

Tesla Powerwalls and other home battery packs are proving extremely useful in the current Texas blackouts following a snowstorm.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories January 18

Tesla Powerwalls are expected to power a giant new virtual power plant designed by Swell Energy in Hawaii.

Combined with solar, the battery packs are going to create a 80 MW/100 MWh distributed energy system.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories January 17

Tesla has increased the price of Powerwall, its home battery pack, again – the second time in just a few months.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories December 4, 2020

A couple of thieves broke into a solar company and Tesla Powerwall installer to steal $45,000 worth of Tesla batteries.

The owner offered a $10,000 reward to find them and explained how it’s not a good idea to steal them in the first place.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories October 7, 2020

Tesla batteries deployed in Vermont have saved local electricity ratepayers about $3 million this year alone, according to the local electric utility.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories October 1, 2020

Tesla (TSLA) has increased the price of the Powerwall, its home battery pack, as demand is still through the roof.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories August 14, 2020

Elon Musk says that Tesla is “working hard on increasing Powerwall production”, as delivery delays are extending into 2021.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories July 9, 2020

Thanks to Tesla solar and  Powerwall, homeowners in Australia managed to keep the lights on during the extended power outages that followed the bushfires and provided services to the neighbors. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories June 30, 2020

Tesla will deploy up to 1,000 Powerwalls in Vermont per year under two new programs with a longtime partner. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories May 12, 2020

Many new EV owners (and solar customers) need to upgrade their electrical panel. That panel, which is so critical to your home’s energy, uses antiquated technology. It’s mostly a big dumb circuit breaker. Well, that was until Arch Rao came along to turn that panel into an intelligent, app-controlled energy gateway.

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Tesla Powerwall Stories May 8, 2020

Tesla is partnering with Sunrun, the biggest residential solar installer in the US, to deploy Powerwalls with their solar systems. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories April 29, 2020

Tesla confirmed that it installed its 100,000th Powerwall, the automaker’s home battery pack, during the last quarter. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories April 16, 2020

Tesla has released a new Powerwall feature to allow Tesla owners to charge their cars efficiently during power outages using the home battery pack. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories January 30, 2020

A family who was among the first to get a Tesla Powerwall installed at their home four years ago said in a review that the home battery pack helped them save over $8,000 on their power bill. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories October 15, 2019

Tesla is adding a rare new market to its Powerwall deployment. The home battery pack is now available for installation in Japan. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories August 9, 2019

Tesla is starting to ramp up the deployment of Powerwalls and it is proving useful for many homeowners.

Today, Tesla shared a picture of a Powerwall house with lights on while a power outage plunged an entire neighborhood in the dark. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories July 26, 2019

Tesla is working on a giant virtual power plant made of 50,000 Powerwalls and solar systems in Australia and the local government says that the first phases have shown a reduction in electricity rates by “more than 20%.”

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Tesla Powerwall Stories June 21, 2019

Tesla has joined National Grid’s virtual power plant to give Powerwall owners the chance to earn up to $1,000 per year to give the electric utility access to some of their power. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories June 11, 2019

Tesla’s ‘Storm Watch’ was activated for ‘hundreds’ of Powerwall owners living around the California wildfires, says CEO Elon Musk.

Last year, Tesla started integrating features for Powerwall and solar customers to its mobile for vehicle owners.

Earlier this year, it included adding a new ‘Storm Watch’ to detect storms and prepare by storing energy in case of power outages.

Tesla described the new feature:

“When a storm or severe weather is on the horizon, increasing the likelihood of a utility power outage, Powerwall triggers Storm Watch. This mode automatically charges Powerwall to maximum capacity so it can provide backup power.

The Tesla app notifies customers that Powerwall has activated Storm Watch. The mode remains active until the weather event ends, at which time the system returns to its previously selected mode. It is possible to disable this mode by going to the Tesla app, selecting ‘Customize’ and then ‘Storm Watch.’”

It quickly proved useful as homeowners with the Tesla Powerwall in Queensland, Australia have reported that Tesla activated the feature ahead of a cyclone coming.

Tesla now says that the feature was also activated in California for some homeowners with Powerwall.

CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter:

“Storm Watch was active for hundreds of Powerwall customers this weekend as a result of the National Weather Service’s Red Flag Fire Warnings in California, and we will continue to activate it whenever there advance awareness of a potential power outage or physical danger.”

Some wildfires in California have been recently causing power outages.

Tesla decides when to activate Storm Watch and push it to Powerwall owners, but they can opt out of the program if they are not worried about the weather, or the possibility of losing power, and they want their home battery pack to keep cycling like it normally does.

As we recently reported, the rollout of Powerwalls has been relatively slow, but Tesla says that it is planning to ramp production throughout the second half of 2019.

We have heard of a batch of 250 Tesla Powerwalls going to the UK just last week.

Tesla Powerwall Stories June 4, 2019

Tesla has been having a tough time ramping up its Powerwall production, but we are now starting to see more projects including a new batch of 250 Tesla Powerwalls going to the UK. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories April 30, 2019

An electric utility in Vermont is launching a new trial program with the goal to “make traditional meters obsolete” by using Tesla Powerwalls to track energy usage on top of the many other benefits of Tesla’s home energy battery pack. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories February 22, 2019

Tesla is launching today the ability to use Powerwall 2 for backup power in Europe through its new Gateway 2 hardware. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories February 19, 2019

Tesla Powerwall is the most requested home energy storage device by consumers, according to a new survey of solar installers.

The problem is that most of them can’t get Tesla’s home battery pack. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories January 16, 2019

Australia is already a huge market for Tesla Powerwall for many reasons. But now you can add one more: the South Australian government has approved Tesla’s home battery pack for an important subsidy worth ~50% of the battery pack for up to 40,000 homes. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories December 22, 2018

Tesla activated the special ‘Storm Watch’ mode of its Powerwall 2 home battery pack to keep the lights on at its customer’s homes with the upcoming cyclone in Australia. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories December 3, 2018

Tesla’s plan to deploy 50,000 Powerwalls in Australia in order to create a giant virtual power plant is moving forward with 1,000 more homes as part of the second phase. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories October 12, 2018

When we talk about Tesla being production constrained, we most often talk about the company’s vehicles. But the Powerwall, Tesla’s home battery pack, might be its most production constrained product.

Now, the company has significantly increased Powerwall’s price just as it is expected to ramp up production. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories August 7, 2018

Tesla has updated its Powerwall and mobile app to add new features to its home battery pack system, including a ‘Storm Watch’ feature that automatically detect incoming storms and prepare for them by keeping energy stored in the Powerwall. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories July 16, 2018

Earlier this year, Tesla announced that it reached a deal with the South Australian government to install solar arrays and Powerwalls on up to 50,000 homes to create the biggest virtual power plant in the world.

The deal was jeopardized after a new government was elected in the state a few weeks later, but they have since come around and confirmed that they will be moving forward with Tesla’s initiative as long as it gets financing.

Now, Tesla has deployed first 100 Powerwalls for the virtual power plant in Australia and it’s already having an impact. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories July 11, 2018

Tesla has finally started delivering and installing the Powerwall 2 Founders series, a long-awaited Tesla referral program reward. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories July 4, 2018

Vermont is starting to get a significant number of Tesla Powerwalls installed through the company’s partnership with Green Mountain Power (GMP), an important electric utility in Vermont.

This latest heat wave in the northeast has hit Vermont pretty hard and GMP says that the energy storage capacity of its network of Powerwalls is making the difference during the peak demand. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories May 24, 2018

Ever since the island of Puerto Rico’s power grid was destroyed by hurricanes last year, power outages have plagued the island.

Tesla has been focusing on deploying solar and energy storage on the island in order to help get power back to more people quicker.

One homeowner with a Tesla Powerwall and solar array shows how it can keep the lights on and run off-grid during outages. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories May 13, 2018

Tesla released a long-awaited software update for the Powerwall 2 which will now enable homeowners to take better advantage of variable energy costs by scheduling their own time-based controls of the home battery pack. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories May 7, 2018

Through its acquisition of SolarCity, Tesla took over a longstanding lawsuit against Salt River Project (SRP), an electric utility in Arizona, over the company’s practice of imposing “unfair” fees on potential solar power purchasers, which has virtually killed the local solar market.

They agreed on a settlement earlier this year and it includes a SRP financing program to offer significant discounts on home battery packs, like Tesla Powerwall, to its customers.

The program is now in place, but homeowners will have to move quickly. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories April 21, 2018

Just as we start seeing more Powerwall deployment from Tesla, the company slightly increases the price of the home battery pack unit, while thousands of reservation holders are still waiting for the system. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories April 7, 2018

Tesla’s Powerwall, a home battery pack, is gaining in popularity with electric utilities looking to create virtual power plants by adding energy storage capacity at the homes of their ratepayers.

Now it is chosen as the battery pack to power a virtual power plant system in Lebanon, New Hampshire, but Sunrun and other solar companies say that they want to be able to compete. expand full story

Tesla Powerwall Stories April 6, 2018

Green Mountain Power (GMP), an electric utility in Vermont, was one of the first companies to get on board with Tesla’s energy storage products as they made a deal with the company back when they introduced the first generation of the Powerwall in 2015.

The rollout of Tesla’s home battery pack has been relatively slow, but the company has been making some big deals that led to a wider deployment of the energy storage system.

Now we learn that GMP has now 2,000 Powerwalls and it has installed just over 10 percent of them. expand full story

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