Tesla Powerwall production begins at ‘Gigafactory’
Since the 2015 launch of the Powerwall, popularity is surging for homes to become less grid dependant. Tesla have become a prominent figure in the battle to provide a solution and with their background in producing sustainable and stylish electric vehicles, they’re at the forefront of battery technology.
The proof of their success is evident – sales of the Powerwall hit 2,500 units in the first quarter of 2016 alone, so it’s not surprising they’ve upped their game, unveiling the Powerwall 2 in October the same year.
But development of ideas often comes with its own set of problems – in this case, production. The company hit the headlines shortly after the Powerwall release when production shortages meant that all units would be sold out until mid-2016. But they did have a plan.
Mass demand meets mass production
Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’ in Nevada has officially started production of the components used within Tesla’s range and by 2018 is expected to produce 35GWh a year in battery power. The site, which covers 1.9 million square feet, is only 30% complete – and is expected to the biggest building in the world when finished.
The hopes are that once there is a stable increase in production that prices will decline – and make it a lot more accessible to domestic markets.
Storing energy, saving money
The development of battery storage systems is going to answer the question many people are asking – how can I get the most out of my solar PV installation? Whether you already have a solar installation or are considering a new one, a battery storage system is worth thinking about.
It’s important to remember that even the smaller generating stations have the capacity to store energy – it all depends on your usage. On average, a south facing domestic PV system could generate up to 3,600kWh of electricity – if you work full time, it’s reasonable to say you will only use half of that, and the rest will be lost to the electricity grid.
This cycle could mean you’re buying back energy you have already generated – at ever increasing prices.
Coming May 2017
Tesla are currently aiming for a May 2017 release of the Powerwall 2, which will phase out the previous unit. Protect your future against dramatic energy increases – enquire into how a battery could work for you.
The Greener Group are fully accredited to MCS and Tesla standards and can help guide you through the process – from start to finish. Alternatively, if you’d like to learn more about battery systems for solar, please click here to read our handy guide.