Tesla Powerwall For Australian Solar – Information (Updated)

 

27th July 2016

Brief Points from Article below:

  • Tesla Powerwall system will not be available in Australia until mid 2017 despite a few test systems installed in residences in Australia
  • Solar Heroes offer equivalent systems as the Tesla Powerwall made by LG with pricing and features listed at the bottom of this page.

Thanks Tesla for making Lithium battery storage popular news for Australians.  Solar Heroes have been selling lithium storage to Australian households and commercial sites for years and Solar Heroes are happy that Tesla and the media are informing people of the possibility.

Tesla announced price tags of $3500 USD for 10kWh and $3000 USD for 7kWh, it has certainly been a hot topic for Australia and the world.

The key point to realize here is that firstly this price is just for the batteries portion of the system and not the inverter or other necessary equipment needed to get the system up and running.  Secondly, this is for deployment in America at American prices at a wholesale level.  Lastly, the Tesla Powerwall will not be available in Australia until mid 2017 most likely despite a few test systems installed in residences in Australia.

SolarCity in America said that it would cost an estimated $7340 USD to buy a 7 kWh complete Powerwall and inverter and have it installed, or about $9300 AUD at current exchange rates.  In Australian terms, we then need to consider the costs of products in general in Australia vs. the costs of products in America.  We all know products in general, are much cheaper in America.  Therefore, we need to add a buffer to the American pricing estimates for the Powerwall.  We also need to increase the estimated installation costs as well as the cost of labour is much higher in Australia.

So where does this leave you if you want lithium battery power for your home right now?  Well, there are plenty of choices at this stage.  You can simply wait until the Powerwall is available to the Australian market.  When will that be?  For the American market, there are reports of around mid 2016 however the production estimates have been sold out for this date which will likely make it much later just to satisfy the American market.  So as mentioned above for the Australian market, it is likely you will have to wait until at least mid 2017 if not later.

For people wanting to get solar with lithium battery storage now, there are plenty of equivalent systems on the market.  One particular system called the LG Chem Resu is taking large leaps in terms of storage costs and capabilities.  Of course, Australians take into consideration the well-known LG brand history and comprehensive warranties they offer not to mention the systems are also completely scalable to virtually any size, the technology is Lithium, has blackout protection (which the Tesla Powerwall does not offer) and has flexible settings for charge and discharge times meaning you can charge the batteries without solar using off-peak pricing.

So as you can see there are quite a few options to customers looking to incorporate battery storage into their electricity use and we encourage customers to make an informed choice by utilizing the information available to them.  For a guide, we have listed some of our most popular packages below which are available now including pricing for retrofits to existing systems, upgrade costs to increase battery capacity and battery ready systems for customers wanting solar now but want to wait for batteries.  Please note, we have plenty of other products and brands on offer, this is just a small list our most popular packages related to grid connected batteries.

 

Tesla Equivalent Packages

 

3kW Complete System

Special-Package-3kW-LG-SolaX-RESU-Hybrid-Complete (Medium)

$15,990.00

  • Delivered and Installed
  • 5kW SolaX SKSU5000E Inverter
  • Tier 1 Solar Panels
  • 6.4kW LG Lithium Storage Bank
  • Logging Software and App included
  • Quick Installation & Turnaround Time
5kW Complete System

Special-Package-5kW-LG-SolaX-RESU-Hybrid-Complete (Medium)

$17,990.00

  • Delivered and Installed
  • 5kW SolaX SKSU5000E Inverter
  • Tier 1 Solar Panels
  • 6.4kW LG Lithium Storage Bank
  • Logging Software and App included
  • Quick Installation & Turnaround Time

 

3kW Battery
Ready

Special-Package-3kW-LG-SolaX-RESU-Hybrid-Battery-Ready (Medium)

$8,995.00

  • Delivered and Installed
  • 5kW SolaX SKSU5000E Inverter
  • Tier 1 Solar Panels
  • Logging Software and App included
  • Quick Installation & Turnaround Time
5kW Battery
Ready

Special-Package-5kW-LG-SolaX-RESU-Hybrid-Battery-Ready (Medium)

$10,495.00

  • Delivered and Installed
  • 5kW SolaX SKSU5000E Inverter
  • Tier 1 Solar Panels
  • Logging Software and App included
  • Quick Installation & Turnaround Time

 

3-5kW Retrofit To Existing Systems

Special-Package-5kW-3kW-LG-SolaX-RESU-Hybrid-Retrofit (Medium)

$11,990.00

  • Delivered and Installed
  • 5kW SolaX SKSU5000E Inverter
  • 6.4kW LG Lithium Storage Bank
  • Existing Panel Inspection & Testing
  • Logging Software and App included
  • Quick Installation & Turnaround Time
LG Chem 3.2 Resu Expansion Packs

LG-Resu-3.2-Expansion-Packs (Medium)

$3,658.00

  • Delivered and Installed
  • Increase LG Chem System in Increments of 3.2kW
  • Quick Installation & Turnaround Time

 

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