Tesla Powerwall Kept The Lights On During Australia’s Blackout
During the last week of September, 1.7 million residents in South Australia lost power following a severe storm (details here).
But for one Tesla owner, the blackout would’ve gone unnoticed had it not been for him seeing a news reports on TV, which prompted him to test out the oven that’s on a separate circuit from his Tesla Powerwall unit.
73-year-old Brian Gillespie of South Australia says that he had the Powerwall unit installed in early September and recounts the recent blackout situation as follows:
“It was lovely, the power went out everywhere and then we bounced back and in fact it was quite funny because we couldn’t work out if the power had actually gone out or not because all of our lights are on one circuit, so we realized when we tried the oven light.”
This is precisely how units such as this are designed to work, as backup power in times of need and/or to eliminate/reduce the amount of energy required form the grid by using solar instead.
Source: Financial Review