Australia Already Getting Home Tesla Powerwalls – Videos

1 year ago by Mark Kane 15

One of the first Tesla Powerwall installations occurs in Australia

One of the first Tesla Powerwall installations occurs in Australia

Tesla Energy Powerwall

Tesla Energy Powerwall

Australia got its first residential Tesla Powerwall installation in January as Tesla prioritized this market due its tremendous interest in solar energy.

One of the first units went to Nick Pfitzner from Kellyville Ridge, a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales.

“One of the first Australian families to have their very own Tesla Powerwall installed is the Pfitzner family, based in Sydney’s Hills District. Their personal renewable energy solution includes the Tesla Powerwall Home Battery, an array of 5kWp, a SolarEdge StorEdge inverter and monitoring software to see the direct output of energy from the entire system and the Tesla Powerwall.

Australians will have the chance to have their very own Tesla Powerwall installed with or without solar panels. Alternatively, for those with panels already installed, there is the opportunity for a retro-fit to occur allowing a Tesla Powerwall to be added along with a compatible inverter to an existing solar system.”

The installation was done by Natural Solar, who sells and install Powerwalls as a Tesla partner.

Chris Williams, Managing Director of Natural Solar said:

“Since being announced as a Tesla Powerwall installer at the tail end of last year, Natural Solar has received an unprecedented number of enquiries about the Tesla Powerwall, indicating the Australian public is well and truly ready for this new frontier in renewable energy,”

“There are already 1.5 million Australian households that are using solar energy. The Tesla Powerwall is highly developed technology that will allow users to save money, and reduce their residential carbon emissions from day one.”

According to news.com.au, Natural Solar offers Tesla Powerwall packages from $13,000 AUD.

“It generally takes six — eight weeks for the product to be installed and packages start from $13,000, which includes the government rebate.”

“While this seems like a large out of pocket expense, the savings will be noticeable and overtime you should see a large decrease in your electricity costs.”

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Source: news.com.au

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15 responses to "Australia Already Getting Home Tesla Powerwalls – Videos"

  1. Speculawyer says:

    Already getting? Wasn’t this product announced around a year ago? More like “finally getting”.

    1. miggy says:

      New Zealand had this last year, it was said as the country had 80% renewable energy with no nuclear power was the reason Tesla supplied the country early.
      Hope Tesla will soon set up shop in the NZL to sell their cars as well.

  2. jmac says:

    Tesla said they had orders for bazillions of these things when they first came out. Anyone have any accurate information about actual sales of the power-wall so far ?

    1. Speculawyer says:

      It was all just a PR stunt to prove to investors (Panasonic in particular) that they would have demand for the batteries that would be manufactured at the gigafactory.

      I think they are still pretty battery constrained so most of the batteries go into Tesla cars. But as the gigafactory gets up & running, I suspect we will start seeing PowerWall sales.

  3. Bill Howland says:

    I’m curious as to how much the installation companies are charging for the ancillary inverter/charger, not included in the ‘powerwall’ price.

    1. Alaa says:

      Pee nuts.

      1. Just_chris says:

        Ok that’s an image I didn’t need in my head, I think you mean “peanuts”

    2. R3D says:

      A hybrid inverter – which is capable of feeding batteries and the grid as well – is about €2000 in Europe.

      Here’s the prices of the Fronius Symo Hybrid family:
      http://www.europe-solarstore.com/solar-inverters/fronius/fronius-symo-hybrid.html

      1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

        It looks promising, at least for places where grid is not available or too expensive. But their LFP batteries alone are well over $1000/kWh for usable capacity.

    3. Just_chris says:

      Hi Bill,

      Here is a pretty good article on the natural solar quotes http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/01/tesla-powerwall-2016-pricing-number-crunch-and-payback-times/ .

      Payback times are around 20 years which is about 10 years more than the life of the battery. Aus dollar is about 0.7:1 with US dollar at the moment. To get a 10 year payback on the system you need a $0.4 c/kWh rate, which is about what the local off grid price is for power (diesel genset price). There has been recent talk in Queensland of a $0.4 super peak rate and I think South Australia are going to or are already offering a $5000 grant for grid batteries which could change the economics quite significantly in those regions.There are a lot of other things that may push some to a powerwall. for example in Queensland is they offered a rebate on panels and then limited the size of the inverter attached the the grid i believe this was the result of a war between the state government and the state owned power distributer. The result is there are lots of solar systems that have an 8 kW peak power with a 5 kW inverter. Needless to say this level of policy stupidity has been met by an equal measure of craziness with some people effectively going partially off grid using the spare solar capacity to power their pool pump and water heater, god only knows what those people are likely to do.

      Anyway all fun and games, needless to say the power prices people pay are in no way related to reality with some paying sub $0.10 /kWh (mostly commercial users). I am in Victoria and average about $0.16 /kWh in winter and $0.2 /kWh in summer that includes all charges and tax.

      1. Bill Howland says:

        Thanks for the detail, Just_Chris. Your electricity prices are not as high as I feared since another Ausie here told me that “We Austrailians are screwed on all prices!” . hehe.

        Perhaps the 8 kw peak and 5 kw inverter can be explained that the system hits 8 kw output for such a short period of time that there is no point having a more expensive inverter.

        In my own case, I have panels rated at 9120 watts (and relatively huge wiring to the inverter, so something like 0.1% loss in the cabling – if that), with inverters rated at 8100 watts. Ive never seen my 2 inverters simultaneously put out 8100 watts (although they sometimes peak individually for a few seconds during July and August, our summer), indicating that the inverters are properly sized. In the other ten months I never get even half the rated output, but then Buffalo, NY is rated the same amount of sun as Alaska.

      2. Bill Howland says:

        It is interesting that the quickest payback in all the Sydney scenarios given was the totally off grid option at 17.6 years.

        There is no restriction where I live but in some parts of the States they won’t let you disconnect from the Grid. More unheathy combos of Private industry , and State.

    4. Mark C says:

      A “Sunny Island” by SMA will set you back about $5k direct, so a single Tesla Powerwall isn’t nearly the most expensive part of the setup.

      Multiple Powerwalls are another story, as they are made to be daisy-chained together.

  4. Bill Howland says:

    Well, I can’t use powerwalls in NY State, since my Agreement with the Power Company (and sanctioned by the State), is that I cannot simultaneously have Net Metering (using the power co. as a piggy bank), along with any batteries.

  5. ModernMarvelFan says:

    ““It generally takes six — eight weeks for the product to be installed and packages start from $13,000, which includes the government rebate.””

    Wow, that is one pricey system.