If you’re following energy efficient news, it’s no surprise to hear Tesla is leading the way in energy independence technology. And Powerwall is one of their newest achievements. Last week, just a few months after Elon Musk announced his plans for Powerwall, it won the 2015 INDEX award. INDEX called it “an absolute game changer.”
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Powerwall is a home battery designed to be mounted on a wall and connected to the local power grid. It charges from solar panels or from the electrical grid when energy rates are low. Powerwall has two huge benefits:
1. It gives you energy security
Florida has more lightning strikes than any other state in the country, resulting in power outages and unreliable electrical grids. In the event of an outage, Powerwall automatically switches to battery power on the dedicated circuits. With Powerwall, your home will never experience a break in energy, and you’ll never have to reset your clocks or use flashlights to get ready for work.
How does it work?
Solar panels convert sunlight into DC electricity output. Currently this energy is sent straight to the inverter, and any extra goes to your meter as a net-meter credit in Kilo-watt hours. With Powerwall, the extra DC power is stored in the battery. Powerwall connects to both the solar panel and the inverter, so that the inverter can convert DC power to AC power whenever more energy is needed.
Doesn’t Powerwall connect to StorEdge™?
Yes, Tesla’s Powerwall integrates perfectly with the newly released inverter -- SolarEdge’s StorEdge™ technology. The two systems combined will truly take energy independence to a whole new level, giving you peace of mind about both your pocketbook and the environment.
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We’re excited, too, but unfortunately Powerwall hasn’t been released yet. The great news is that once it is released, we can install them on our systems retroactively—and quickly. The release should be sometime this summer. Contact us to learn more.
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