Solar And Powerwall Highlighted In Latest Tesla Customer Story Video

SEP 5 2016 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 13

Now that Tesla has acquired SolarCity, the company that doesn’t “advertise” still has a big job ahead of it convincing consumers of the exponential benefits of combining the products.

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In a recent Tesla “Customer Story”, Australian Model S owner known as Clint, helps the viewers see the light. He drives home in his Tesla Model S and then shows off his home which  boasts a Tesla Powerwall and SolarCity panels.

Video Description:

“Watch Model S and Powerwall owner Clint outline the benefits of combining the Tesla Powerwall with solar and integrated software aggregation for control, savings and a change towards a more sustainable future.”

Australia is a key location for renewable energy awareness and solar power use. Teslarati recently reported that an Australian developer is working to create a  “Tesla Town” subdivision in Melbourne that will offer homes equipped with solar panels, Tesla Powerwalls, and electric car chargers.

Basically the panels capture and transfer the sun’s energy to the PowerWall battery. The stored energy can be used when the sun isn’t shining, and when the consumers’ energy rates peak. Add to this an electric car and the package is complete . . . at least for now.

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Interesting. The system looks at the weather report and if it’s going to be cloudy the next day it will use off peak grid power to charge the batteries to the top. Sounds like a nicely integrated system.

Tesla hasn’t “acquired” Solarcity yet. Shareholders have not yet voted, among other things. These are usually mere formalities, but nothing about TSLA and SCTY is “usual”. Until finalized (probably November) you should say “is acquiring”.

Right?! I thought I’d missed something!

The question all Australians should be asking themselves is “Why don’t I power my car and house from the sun?”. Perfect country for mass PV and EV usage.

Well a few problems with EVs in Australia:
-It is a huge country with only 18 million people so a lot of people live very spread out and thus need range.
-Their governments have been conservative climate-deniers lately so there are pretty much zero incentives for EVs.
-Their utilities screwed up and over-invested causing pretty high electricity rates. That’s the reason why solar PV is catching on fast there. Utilities shot themselves in the foot.

I assume electric rates are rather high in Australia, since some Ausie’s commenting here in the past have said, “We’re screwed on everything!”.

My solar system still puts on a significant amount on cloudy days (my locale gets the same amount of sunshine as Alaska – or in other words my system gets the same amount of electricity as one 1/3 the size in Southern California), so you’d think they would use the solar output to charge the batteries.

Australians probably don’t get as much snow as I do – it completely knocking out my system totally for 2 months out of the year due to the snow cover.

(Too slippery to try to go up on the roof during our coldest months to try and clear it off).

Sounds like a business opportunity…solar panel snow removal.

Even without snow on the panels, the winter months are dark and cloudy here. It’s just not worth the effort for the measly amount of return.

Not to mention the nature of lake-effect snow. We don’t get nor’easters up here that dump snow and then move on. We get snow fall pretty much every day. So if you did make the effort to clean the panels, you’d have to do it again the next day.

Yet despite all this, solar (with current incentives) still makes financial sense in upstate NY. My panels will break even in a little under 10 years. They are warranteed for 25 years. Sounds like a good deal to me! So in a sunny place like Australia, it should be a no-brainer. So why isn’t the government all over this?

Yeah, I have family in Minnesota and that is pretty much the conclusion I came to. If it is relatively easy to remove the snow then go ahead. But it is generally pretty difficult and unsafe to do while the amount of electricity you’d generate that time of year would be very small.

Australia has one of the highest solar PV per capita rates on the planet.

The government is not too into it though because they are conservative coalheads.

Interesting. Disappointing if the government is that backwards on energy policy. But kudos to the Australian people for forging forward regardless!

The company that “doesn’t advertise”…

What is being done here by Clint represents the future of energy and driving and this is why Tesla is acquiring SC so they can better shape this future.