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Tesla solar batteries on sale in Australia


Household power problems and overuse could be a thing of the past with the release of a new Tesla lithium ion solar battery next year.

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The much-hyped Tesla Powerwall battery goes on sale today.

Along with Germany, where about 30 per cent of energy comes from renewables, Australia is now just one of two countries outside the United States where the Powerwall battery is available.

Origin chief executive officer energy markets Frank Calabria said the batteries would give households more control of their energy use.

“Customers can now also make their investment in solar work harder, as excess electricity produced during the day can be stored for use at a later time when the solar panels do not produce electricity,” he said.

Origin is bundling the Tesla Powerwall with Trina solar panels and the Solar Edge inverter.

The Solar Edge inverter uses solar optimisers on each panel to deliver improved system performance and has been approved by Tesla Energy for pairing with the Powerwall.

“Origin is providing customers with a simple, no-fuss solution by allowing them to buy their solar system, inverter and battery product from us, have it installed and monitored by us and enjoy the benefits of our post sales service support,” Calabria said.

“Home batteries will not be for everyone at this early stage, but with more than 80 per cent of solar PV owners in a recent survey indicating they would consider buying a home battery, Origin is ideally placed to help consumers find the right solution for them with our end to end offering.

“We are confident that there will be early adopters very interested in taking up an Origin solar and battery package,” he said.

Ahead of the Powerwall’s release in Australia, Tesla has already established a leadership position with a survey commissioned by Origin revealing almost one third of Australians are aware of Tesla’s home battery solutions – more than twice the recognition of some other brands.


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