Tesla continues to slowly roll out more stores around Australia, and the latest is in SA -- the state that might just be Elon Musk's favourite, given the giant battery currently being installed there. The new Tesla store at Westfield Marion is, appropriately, more about renewable energy storage than it is about the company's electric car fleet.
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Since the Tesla Powerwall burst onto the scene less than two years ago, home batteries have never seemed like a smarter or more viable investment for households with solar. Soon enough it wasn't just Tesla - other options quickly began popping up on the market, giving us a vast variety of batteries for all different homes with all different needs.
We set out to speak to three early adopters of battery technology to see what it's like to live with solar batteries and measure how they have impacted their energy use and - most importantly - their power bills.
With electricity prices on the rise and an uncertain future ahead for Australian electricity, it's not surprising that more and more Aussies are looking to home batteries to save them. What is surprising is just how fast the market is progressing - batteries are rapidly decreasing in price and the numbers suggest they aren't just for early adopters anymore.
Melbourne's first Powerwall 2 has been installed at a three-bedroom, one storey house in Coburg. Brendan Fahey and his wife Josephine added Tesla's shiny new battery to their home to complement their existing solar panels, after Brendan calculated that the Powerwall 2 could take his energy bill down almost to zero.
Winter is fast approaching and most solar panel owners will be dreading the drop in solar power output that comes in the cooler months. With shorter days, more cloud cover and the sun shining at a different angle, it feels inevitable that solar generation will drop by up to a third. But don’t despair yet, there are things that can be done to make sure your panels continue operating as efficiently as possible all through the winter.
There's an abundance of amazing home smart tech hitting the market. From Samsung's Family Hub 2.0 fridge to the Amazon Alexa and Google Home (hopefully) finally hitting our shores. But there's more to smart homes than gadgets.
Let's take a look at how home automation and new tech like Tesla battery storage, smart thermostats, grid credits and smart meters are revolutionising our power consumption. Which also has a positive impact on both the environment and our bank accounts.
When it launched into Australia late last year, Tesla's Powerwall home battery energy storage system got a lot of people thinking about switching to solar power and off-grid storage. One year on, the second version of the Powerwall -- smaller and with double the energy storage -- is finally on sale in Australia.
Tesla’s unveiling of its new Powerwall 2 battery with a built-in AC inverter -- along with some upcoming solar roof tile products -- takes a leaf from the Apple playbook of vertical integration. It’s the latest step on a corporate path, including the imminent merger with SolarCity, that moves Tesla closer to being a vertically integrated provider of energy solutions.
As with the Apple product ecosystem, this aims to establish Tesla as a single entry point for energy generation and storage systems in the home environment. Tesla has both the name and the resources to become a strong player in this realm.