Mark This Moment In History: Tesla Home Battery To Transform The Electroscape Of the Planet

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This is the big release we've all been waiting for!  We are at a precipice... the cliff of change that will mark a new era in the history books (or cds... i mean sd cards).  When We started the Living off the Grid page back in 2012, earth homes created an excited buzz throughout the internet and went viral for some time with the understanding you can build a home right where you stand with the content under your feet.  Gardening and growing vegetables were something farmers did.  Through the proliferation of information and the buzz of the internet that Twitter and Facebook have created, information spreads like wildfire throughout the world now, and instead of just a country, the world sees and anticipates and drives this Off The Grid movement forward.  Poor government management, regulation, and social communication on Genetics and food have left us in a world where people don't trust what they eat, so the informatiion about food growing and home gardening has gone viral with it.  Just a few years ago, we unhooked our phones from the wall, our tools went cordless, cars are going electric, and now the next logical step in the progression is a world where homes go cordless.


But there's a delay in the process.  The housing market is still in a tremendous slump not yet recovered.  If you try to rent a home in Florida, you have to be careful because many of them are in various delays or stages of foreclosure.  You pay rent to a landlord who holds the keys and keeps the money, but doesn't pay the mortgage bill, and staves off foreclosure as long as he or she can.  Eventually the renter is evicted by the mortgage company, and has to find housing elsewhere.  During the housing boon, builders were a-plenty, and construction was easy.  Regulations were on the increase as municipalities found building as a way to raise additional capital.  

Today, those laws sit on the books, and there are few builders moving anything forward.  The Off Grid movement has taught us one terrific lesson.... that before going solar, a home should be hyper efficient.  For most older homes in deflated markets, it's easier to sell and build another than to retrofit a  leaky home with insulation, windows, and update it too.  Where home values are sky high, it's cheaper to do the retrofit.  But of all those who lost credit in the housing collapse, very few have regained it.  There is a slim housing market because nobody gets loans.  Those with good credit buy up all the existing homes and rent them.  The rent market is high in many areas because so many foreclosed homes still sit empty in neighborhoods with no activity in sight.  

One solution might be to demolish or retrofit all the old inefficient homes and build new efficient ones that use less energy.  Then set up a self powered system that provides the power you need.  However, so many new innovations are on the horizon that will continue to drive the cost of home energy production down, this lighter, more powerful home battery will be the beginning of an integral part of that system.  Elon Musk is setting the standard and pushing it forward that will make it ever more easy to disconnect.  For now that will provide relief for areas that struggle to meet power demands, and give them a breather to update old equipment.  In time it will leave the grid underfunded, and it will have to find a way to smoothly transition.  

We've seen this before.  AT&T almost missed the boat on Cellular.  I recall they eventually made the jump from land line to cellular, and did it in style once they got their foot in the door.  I expect for a while that will happen with this transition.  In time, energy usage will decrease with more efficient devices, the battery packs will become lighter and bigger and lighter and better, and soon we'll have all the energy we could dream of right from the sky and the breeze, the water that flows, from charge in the atmosphere, the waves of the sea, or the heat energy from the earth.  

"Powerwall" is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup.

The average home uses more electricity in the morning and evening than during the day when solar energy is plentiful. Without a home battery, excess solar energy is often sold to the power company and purchased back in the evening. This mismatch adds demand on power plants and increases carbon emissions. Powerwall bridges this gap between renewable energy supply and demand by making your home’s solar energy available to you when you need it.

According to Tesla, Power companies often charge a higher price for electricity during peak evening hours than overnight when demand is low. Powerwall can reduce your power bill by storing electricity when rates are low and powering your home when rates are high. It automatically switches to battery power in the event of an electric company outage, bringing peace of mind to those who live in areas prone to storms or unreliable utility grids.

Current generation home batteries are bulky, expensive to install and expensive to maintain. In contrast, Powerwall’s lithium ion battery inherits Tesla’s proven automotive battery technology to power your home safely and economically. Completely automated, it installs easily and requires no maintenance.

Multiple batteries may be installed together.

Powerwall comes in 10 kWh weekly cycle and 7 kWh daily cycle models. Both are guaranteed for ten years and are sufficient to power most homes during peak evening hours. Multiple batteries can be installed together for homes with greater energy needs.

  • Technology Wall mounted, rechargeable lithium ion battery with liquid thermal control.
  • Models 10 kWh $3,500 For backup applications7 kWh $3,000 For daily cycle applications
  • Warranty Ten year warranty with an optional ten year extension.
  • Efficiency 92% round-trip DC efficiency
  • Power 2.0 kW continuous, 3.3 kW peak
  • Voltage 350 – 450 volts
  • Current 5 amp nominal, 8.5 amp peak output
  • Compatibility Single phase and three phase utility grid compatible.
  • Operating Temperature -4°F to 110°F / -20°C to 43°C
  • Enclosure Rated for indoor and outdoor installation.
  • Installation Requires installation by a trained electrician. AC-DC inverter not included.
  • Weight 220 lbs / 100 kg
  • Dimensions 52.1" x 33.9" x 7.1"
    130 cm x 86 cm x 18 cm
  • Certifications UL listed

Go to the Tesla site to reserve yours:  Deliveries begin this Summer!

This is the next big thing!  In my opinion, this could be bigger than the electric car for them!  

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