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Aussie home builder Metricon Homes has teamed up with solar provider CSR Bradford to offer a 5kW 'Solar ChargePack' including a Powerwall 2 battery, solar panels and inverter to every new house that the company builds in South Australia. It's saying the battery and solar setup, at a small additional cost on top of, y'know, an actual house, could make residents up to 90 per cent self-sufficient and save over $2000 in electricity bills per year.

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.

Tesla's second Aussie customer testimonial video -- after Internode founder and long-time Tesla fan Simon Hackett -- is called "Fully Charged", and it follows a customer from Queensland who owns both a Tesla Model S and a Powerwall battery and solar setup for his home. Clint Luna charges his car and powers his home using the Powerwall, relying on the state's sunny weather for a reliable solar-powered boost.

Thanks to Natural Solar and the Pfitzner family, we now have real-world usage figures from a solar panel setup and Powerwall combination system. While promising, the announcement was a little light on in details, so we got a hold of the full figures and did a number crunching analysis of the results. So is the setup worth it?

When Tesla's Powerwall battery energy storage system was first announced, solar-friendly Australians went mad for it. A relatively cheap integrated system that could hook up to the grid and to rooftop solar panels, the Powerwall is one of the first widely-available technologies that could reduce users' reliance on energy delivered via the national electricity grid. And now, one of the first Powerwall batteries to be installed in Australia is already bolted to the outside wall of a home in western Sydney.

The Queensland Government-owned power company Energex has started a trial of Tesla's Powerwall energy storage battery, commencing with the installation of the first system in the country. The trial will go for the next year, in which time the government will look at options for financial incentives for customers cutting use of grid electricity.

The Australian public has always been quicker to adopt renewable energy technology than our government, but a new survey done by SolarMarket suggests that Australian households are more ready than ever to embrace renewable energy both at home and on the grid. Almost 90 per cent of respondents -- out of the 2897 people who answered -- agreed that all new houses built in Australia should be equipped with solar panels.

The first company that will provide Tesla Powerwall battery energy storage and matching solar panels and inverters has said that it will provide one-stop solutions for customers wanting to install new solar systems and upgrade existing setups. Natural Solar will begin its installations of Powerwall initially to New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, with other states to follow in the future of what the company calls "a nationwide rollout".

Tesla's Powerwall is a 7kWh lithium-ion battery designed to store excess energy, whether it's off the grid or from a home's solar panels. For such a simple concept, the Powerwall has quickly drawn a lot of attention, with some pundits predicting big implications for the energy industry. The Powerwall is not the first or only innovation in battery storage technology we've seen, though -- and it certainly won't be the last.

Opinion: Tesla's Powerwall battery is coming to Australia later this year, and it promises to lower your power bills by charging from your house's solar panels or when off-peak energy generation tariffs are in effect. But it may face competition and obstruction from Australia's existing energy suppliers and retailers, whose current businesses are built around power generation and consumption, not storage.

A medium-sized commercial weed grow with around 50 lights stands to save about $US13,500 in electricity costs a year with the use of two Tesla Batteries. Those will also protect the plants in case of power outages while making the operation less visible to law enforcement. Elon Musk just made growing weed easier.