News of Tesla Energy’s partnerships keep coming, with solar installer Infinite Energy the latest to announce a deal with Tesla.
Customers throughout Western Australia will be able to pair the Tesla Powerwall battery storage system with solar PV in a system designed and installed by Infinite Energy.
Initially, Infinite Energy will pair the Powerwall battery with the SolarEdge solar PV system for homes with a single-phase power supply and the Fronius Symo Hybrid for homes with a three-phase power supply. SolarEdge and Fronius were some of the first few solar companies to announce partnerships with Tesla.
“The Tesla Powerwall is a huge leap forward in bringing down the costs of energy storage, which is a real key in increasing the amount of renewable energy able to be deployed across the electricity grid,” Infinite Energy Managing Director Aidan Jenkins said.
As with any storage system, the Tesla Powerwall will perform four key functions for homeowners:
- Storage of excess solar power, rather than it being exported to the grid for lower feed-in tariffs
- Energy arbitrage, where the battery is charged at off-peak rates and energy is used at peak times
- Peak shaving, particularly if electricity network operators start to impose maximum demand-based charges
- Backup in times of power outage.
Infinite Energy will also be offering the Tesla Powerpack – which is designed for high-level applications – to its commercial and industrial customers. Based on the same technology platform as the Powerwall, the Powerpack doesn’t need to be interfaced with solar PV and provides large-scale energy storage.
Mr Jenkins said the large-scale deployment of energy storage solutions like Powerwall and Powerpack will be beneficial to the electricity grid as well as the customers attached to it.
“This is not necessarily all about going off the grid. It’s about giving electricity consumers the choice of what to do with their energy. Use it, store it, sell it whenever they want,” Jenkins said.
Infinite Energy is taking orders for the Tesla Powerwall, with first installations expected to occur in late January. Consumers can register their interest here.
The company’s announcement comes on the back of Origin Energy, Simply Energy and Natural Solar announcing their partnerships with Tesla, while solar hot water systems provider Solahart became one of the few Australian resellers to provide solar hot water systems, PV systems and Tesla Powerwall batteries.