Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tesla’s gigafactory in Nevada will be essential in the tech company’s plan for a new line of storage batteries

Posted: May 14, 2015

Tesla debuts a new line up of batteries it calls, Tesla Energy.  The batteries include storage solutions for residential, business and utilities.

The Powerwall home battery is one step closer to the promise of easily accessible off-the-grid power. Solar's big weakness is in generating energy during the evenings and cloudy weather, an issue that storage batteries can help remedy.  Just like cellphone technology circumvented and ousted landlines, batteries can eventually replace power lines, according to Musk.

The new Powerwall home battery is priced at $3,000 and $3,500 depending on capacity.

"A normal household can mount this in their garage or the outside wall of their house", Musk said. "It's designed to work with solar systems right off the box."

In addition to their synergy with solar installations, nine Powerwalls also can be stacked together for folks interested in more energy options or want to further reduce their reliance on the grid.  The battery can now be reserved at the Tesla website and the first deliveries are expected to arrive in the summer.

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