As I wrote earlier this year, I had a solar system installed last year, and I have been loving it. The savings in electricity costs coupled with the peace of mind from being a more green home owner have been great. The big downside? Still being tied to the grid and having to use less green power when the sun isn’t out.
It’s not been a very well-kept secret that Elon Musk and Tesla have been working on home batteries, but last night Tesla officially announced the Powerwall. The Powerwall brings either a 10 kWh or 7 kWh battery to the home market. For high use homes, multiple batteries can even be chained together.
The battery has a great, sleek design and comes in multiple colors. You want this thing to look good in your garage or stuck to the side of your house, right? A battery never looked so good.
For our purposes, a single 7 kWh battery would be plenty to see us through the dark times on a daily basis and at only $3,000 (plus installation costs), it’s pretty much a no-brainer to have one installed. Tesla is taking pre-orders now. If you have a solar system or have been waiting to get one until you could also easily have a battery solution, now’s the time! Delivery will begin this summer.