21st September 2017: Australian Financial Review Article by Mark Ludlow.
Image: Barry O'Regan with his Tesla Powerwall 1, supplied and installed by Bradford Solar.
Sydney retiree Barry O'Regan says his 7 kilowatt Tesla Powerwall battery unit is working so well - allowing him to cut his energy usage by 25 per cent to 30 per cent - that he's planning to upgrade to bigger unit.
While the price of battery storage units have not dropped in Australia as quickly as expected, it hasn't stopped the rapid uptake of the new technology as households and businesses attempt to cut their large power bills.
Image: Richard Havard with his battery system. Picture: Matt SullivanSAVVY Castle Hill power consumer Richard Havard is fighting back against recent 20 per cent energy price rises.
Mr Havard is one of only 15.2 per cent of the suburb’s homeowners to opt for a solar system, and in his case, with the latest in battery back-up. “I had to do something,” Mr Havard said.
12 July 2017. Fairfax.
A FAMILY in south-western Sydney has become the first in the state to install a new solar home energy solution – the 5kW Bradford Solar ChargePack including Tesla Powerwall 2.
Michael D'Angelo said he and his wife had moved to solar in 2010 due to the generous rebate of 60c per kilowatt and the opportunity to lower their electricity costs.
10th March 2017. AFR Article
Tesla battery technology could solve South Australia’s energy crisis and help restore the power shortfall from the Hazelwood power plant closure in Victoria.
Lyndon Rive, President of Tesla Energy Products, made the claims yesterday when launching Tesla’s second-generation battery storage solutions, Powerwall 2 for domestic use, and the high capacity Powerpack 2 integrated system for business and industry, both with integrated inverter.
22nd February 2017. Believe the Hype: Australia's uptake of solar home batteries is eye-watering. For quite some time many had dismissed the hype about the attractiveness of installing grid-connected batteries in Australia.
The first national audit of batteries that store solar power shows almost 7,000 were installed in Australian homes last year — and that's predicted to triple this year.
Australian Financial Review - Nov 28 2016.
When Tesla released the Powerwall 2 a few weeks ago, the game had changed. It had more than twice the capacity - 14KWh - and the price had come down to just over $10,000.
Michael Vorsterman, Western Sydney computer store manager calculated it would take between six and nine years to pay off - and ordered one for delivery in February to store power from his 4KW of solar rooftop panels.
23 November 2016.
In an Australian first, Arden Homes are including the innovative Tesla Powerwall 2 home battery (aka the Bradford Solar ChargePack) in all of their new builds, transforming the industry’s approach to home energy supply. This leap forward for the new build market offers homeowners the ability to enjoy significant electricity savings by harnessing guilt free day and night solar power.