Solar can save you money by using space on your roof to produce sustainable energy right from your home. Tesla offers three different solar products:
- Solar Panels. Tesla solar panels are can easily be installed with a Tesla Powerwall home battery for a completely renewable house. In some areas in North America, they are available as a subscription service with no upfront costs.
- Solar Roof. Solar Roof replaces your existing roof with solar tiles that can power your house.
- Powerwall. Powerwalls allow you to use less or possibly no electricity from the grid. They are smart investment for homeowners looking to get the most out of their solar panels.
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Tesla's latest software update, 2020.32.2 introduces notifications (via mobile app) when the car is left open for over 10 minutes and brings follow-up improvements on the Suspension changes introduced in 2020.28 amongst other things. Read more and find out which Tesla models are getting which features.
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Interesting news about Tesla’s Autobidder, “a real-time trading and control platform that provides value-based asset management and portfolio optimization” which apparently has been in use for a while but we’re just learning about it now. Tesla has said in the past they want to become a massive distributed electric utility, and this would be one of the key pieces that would allow them to achieve it.From issue #110
We mentioned the (needed) revamp of the energy app a week or two ago, now we can see some images and a video of it in action. There we can see how the new app shows the consumption per category (driving, climate, battery conditioning, etc) and a deviation from tri projection. Good work Tesla.From issue #236
I have to say that Tesla’s solar roof looks amazing, I hope Tesla can speed up the testing. Here is an interesting article about the components of one of Tesla’s solar roofs.
Read more: CleanTechnicaFrom issue #72
Tesla’s Shareholder Meeting usually takes place in June but, due to the global pandemic, Elon Musk just recently shared on Twitter that it has tentatively been pushed to September 15th. And as a bonus surprise, it will be the same day as Battery Day. My question- which I asked on Twitter but hasn’t received and answer yet- is if by owning Tesla stock you’d be allowed to attend both. That’d be super cool!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #117
If you’re ever buying a house with Powerwalls, you may realize there isn’t much information about how to set it up yet. Reddit user u/SetsChaos has shared their experience, thank you for making it easy for the rest of us! I recommend reading the whole post, but here’s a quick summary:
- Get your gateway online (once you get WiFi in the new house, and here’s a guide
- Call Tesla support to request a transfer of the Powerwalls ownership. Make sure you have the following 1) copy of your home’s deed 2) name of the previous owners
- Register or re-register in the Tesla app (you’ll receive an email to do so)
- You should be able to log into the app using the info you just provided
Last Friday - October 25 - Tesla presented the third version of its solar roof. Kyle Field did this nice write-up about it, here are my highlights:
- The price of the Solar Glass Roof is less than a new roof plus solar panels. It doesn’t make sense to get it if you don’t need a new roof but if you do, consider this option
- With this version, Tesla has dramatically reduced the number of parts and sub-assemblies by more than half
- Power output and weatherization are covered for 25 years
- Tesla has two teams competing with each other trying to find the best possible way of installing it. Elon was saying that Tesla is targeting to lower the installation time to eight hours, imagine leaving in the morning and coming back from work to a brand new Solar Glass Roof
Read more: CleanTechnicaFrom issue #83
A Reddit user shared their first electric bill after installing solar panels and Powerwalls. The cost of the system was $30k and in the first month, the bill went from $692 to $110. Even not sustaining these savings year-round, they should be able to pay back the system in under ten years!From issue #118
If you have the Powerwall referral reward and haven’t used it yet or you don’t know what to do with it because getting a Powerwall is not in your plans, it seems like Tesla is offering $5,500 of credit instead. This credit can be used towards service, vehicle accessories, as well as new Tesla vehicles.
In order to do so, reach out to Tesla ([email protected]) and Tesla energy, and they should be able to take care of it.From issue #114
In this video, DirtyTesla shares his experience installing solar panels in their home in Michigan, with Solar King. Even though this isn’t a Tesla product, because Tesla doesn’t offer Solar panels (only Solar roof) in this state, we wanted to share this great video for those of you trying to figure out if you should go solar or not.
From issue #112
Dirty Tesla explains how his two power walls are still powering up his house after many days without power.From issue #178
By aggregating the solar generating capacity and the storage capacity of Tesla Energy Plan households, Tesla can create a virtual power plant, and it is starting to do so in places like Texas and the UK where it has applied or partnered with others to become a retail energy provider. What do you think, would you switch to Tesla Energy?From issue #184
The future of energy is distributed and works via solar panels and batteries in many homes. Now, with this initiative from Tesla, you can help the grid when it is in critical need of additional power: “Opt-in to the Tesla Virtual Power Plant (VPP), and Tesla will dispatch your Powerwall when the grid needs support while continuing to maintain your energy security.”From issue #173
The California Public Utilities Commission is proposing a Solar Tax that includes a fee of $8/kW of installed solar per month as well as reducing the value of credits given by producing energy and sending it to the grid. Our friends from EveryAmp have included their response in the article linked, in case folks want to use it for inspiration. If you are a California resident, make your voice heard!From issue #198
By now, you probably know that we are big dorks ;) We truly like people doing stuff like this. This one is a dashboard built with a Raspberry Pi to monitor the solar and powerwall installs. Read the Reddit thread to learn all the details about it.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #70
Currently, you can’t order a Powerwall directly from Tesla unless you ordered solar panels or the solar roof as well. According to Elon, the production of Powerwalls could pick up by the end of the year and change it. Note: If you already have solar and are in the marker for Powerwalls, check your local distributors, they often install them without the need of installing panels as well.From issue #232
Powerwalls are a really popular product and Tesla has decided to only allow clients purchasing the Tesla Solar Roof or Solar Panels to purchase them. I’m sure that in this configuration the installation and the system are better, but I know several people who had panels from other companies that just wanted to add Powerwalls to make their house not depend on the grid.From issue #161
Jason Hughes, a famous Tesla tinkerer, shared his solar batteries recycled from Tesla Model S modules. They have the equivalent cycles of driving ~250k miles and show degradation of 5.2%, with 3% of it happening in the first 2 years. Pretty good if you ask me! Note, the photo is sideways.From issue #172
Tesla has upgraded its solar panels from 315w to 340w, giving a 10% capacity upgrade for each size. The downside is that the Powerwalls installation got more expensive (less discount for the combined install). Overall, the largest system is still the same price as before the latest update when combining Solar and Powerwall.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #117
I got an email from Tesla earlier this week, their Solar Roof is now available with financing. Tesla’s Solar Roof is certainly not cheap but the price is very competitive and if you could get it for less than what you are paying PG&E per month, would you? If you’re in the market for solar (roof or panels) and we have been helpful in any way, please consider using our referral code to get $100 of credit.From issue #132
If you’re thinking about purchasing solar panels for your home, the federal solar tax credit is dropping from 26% to 22% at the end of the year, so you may want to purchase your solar before then. If we have been helpful in any way, please consider using our referral code when you purchase your Tesla solar panels/roof http://ts.la/ignacio9266 to get $100 of credit.From issue #138
This Reddit user just build a 4.8 kWh storage with 1.3 kWh panels Tesla charger that’s portable. With the current setup, they are able to add 39 miles of range in 6 hours during the date, or charge the batteries during the day and get 12 miles of range at night. Cool!From issue #209
For those who still think Tesla is a car company, here’s another piece of proof that it is not, it’s much more! In the past decade, Tesla solar panels produced more than enough clean energy to power every Tesla factory and every vehicle during that time. Gimme some ☀️.From issue #215
On January 1st the tax credit for residential solar systems went from 30% of the solar system cost to 26%. Cleantechnica reports “Tesla responded to the smaller federal incentive by slashing prices across its four options — small, medium, large, and extra-large out-of-the-box solar systems. For example, the after-rebate price of Tesla’s small 3.8 kW solar panel system was slashed from $8,342 to $7,770, a 6.9% drop compared to the price of the system just last week.”
Remember that next year the federal rebate will go down to 22% and it will go away in 2022. If you are purchasing a new solar system from Tesla you can use our referral code to get $250 off the price http://ts.la/ignacio9266
Read more: CleanTechnicaFrom issue #96
It seems like Tesla is pushing hard for their Solar Roof by adding a new $500 referral bonus, making it the only remaining referral bonus at the moment in Tesla’s referral program.From issue #182
Last week, Tesla doubled the reward for people referring to new solar panel installations in a new push to accelerate its energy business. The prize is nows $400 for each solar referral- plus a brand new Powerwall after 10 solar referrals- and $100 award for the buyer.From issue #121
As simple as that, Elon posted it on Twitter. He also clarified that Tesla doesn’t make a lot of money from that product so $1,000 means a lot for the company. Honestly, thanks to Tesla and thanks to Elon, you are amazing!
If you are going to buy solar from Tesla, you can use our referral code for a $100 discount https://ts.la/ignacio9266
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #83
At least the cancellation fee is going to be gone the rest of September, if you are in a situation where renting makes sense - thinking about moving in a few years or just don’t want to make the longer financial commitment - take a closer look at it now because we don’t know what Tesla is going to do in October.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #76
Storm Watch is the alert that Tesla issues every time that some areas might lose power (e.g. because of a hurricane). If Storm Watch is activated, all the Powerwalls in that area immediately start charging to full using the grid so they can be ready to back up the house. In the US, during normal operations, Powerwalls connected to a solar installation can’t take energy from the grid. During normal circumstances, they are only allowed to charge from solar.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #80
In a partnership with PG&E, Tesla has launched a new feature that will pay Powerwall owners to help stabilize the electric grid and end brownouts in California. Tesla had released an earlier version of this feature, but it didn’t offer incentives to folks helping PG&E.From issue #222
Because Tesla Powerwall is not available in Romania, this Reddit user decided to build their own, custom made and based on Model S modules. Here are two time-lapse videos (part 1, part 2) showing the installation of this ‘Tesla Powerwalls’ 40kWh DIY project. Part 2 is the one showing how the Model S batteries are mounted and wired to a 48V system.From issue #141
Tesla released their “Rent Solar” program this past week in a few states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Mexico), an option that is going to attract people who had reasons to not do a long term investment in solar. If you want to know more about reasons to jump on “Rent Solar” vs buying, Athabascad shares very helpful information going through his reasons.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #73
This last week Tesla released their own solar inverter. Up until recently, Tesla was using a 3rd party inverter for their solar installations. Tesla’s inverter is built on Powerwall 2 technology and comes with Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and cellular connectivity as well as over-the-air updates.From issue #147
Reddit user u/cheqsgravity electric bill averages $200/month until he installed Tesla’s solar panel in April 2018. Since then, his electric bill has been $0. In his Reddit post, he explains a few interesting details, the most interesting one to me is that the maintenance on the panels is just watering them every couple of months to keep them clean of dust and pollen.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #96
In this video, you can see that the Tesla Solar Roof gets rid of the snow pretty quickly, as quickly as the next morning after the snowfall. In a reply on Twitter to a different video, Elon commented that the Solar Roof is “slightly hydrophobic, so water, snow or ice slide off easily”.From issue #152
A pretty cool time-lapse video that shows the installation of a Tesla Solar Roof over 4 days in one minute. If you’re thinking about getting solar (roof or panels) and we have been helpful in any way, please consider using our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266 to get $100 of credit.From issue #134
It took a bit to start a serious ramp of but the Tesla Solar Roof is here and it’s here to stay. Compared to high-end roof options and traditional solar systems, not only it looks awesome but it also presents great savings. The Tesla Solar Roof is estimated to cost about $2.11 per installed watt while competitors stand at about $7 per installed watt. Pretty amazing especially if you think about how this contributes to a more sustainable future.From issue #138
The fact that Tesla is not close to launching a van yet doesn’t mean that Elon Musk won’t publicly share his thoughts about it. Just recently, in an interview with Joe Rogan on the comedian’s podcast, Elon indicated that a van’s design would be more favorable to equip solar panels for stationary charging. How could that be?From issue #151
For Earth Day, Tesla released some interesting data about its fleet of electric vehicles and its energy products via its Instagram account. See below:
Read more: Electrek.coFrom issue #5
According to an owner who signed up for the service, once they signed up there were over 1,200 homes in the program.From issue #223
A couple of weeks ago, we talked about Autobidder, Tesla’s not so well-known “real-time trading and control platform that provides value-based asset management and portfolio optimization”. Well, thanks to HyperChange, we’re now learning that Tesla’s new 1M mile battery cells will be capable of vechicle-to-grid charging. That’s huge! As Gali said, combine the two and “you’ll get paid as your Tesla transforms into an AI-powered energy day trader” 🤯
From issue #112
With the heatwaves all over the US, we are seeing more of these virtual power plant events, in this one, the owner is being paid $28 an hour to discharge the Powerwalls to the grid for three hours. For those who aren’t familiar, the virtual power plant is a feature recelently released by Tesla where your utility can pay you for your stored energy so they don’t have to use the most expensive and poluting generators.From issue #232
Great video by our friends at EveryAmp about where they think Tesla is pushing the future of Solar flipping the game on the utilities. Storage is going to be part of the equation, the question is how to make it fair, and is renting storage from the grid going to be a good option?From issue #163
Elon explains it: “The other solar companies spend heavily on salespeople, advertising and complex financing instruments. We do not.” Tesla is well known for not advertising, they have created a really strong brand based on its strong referral program, and well, for having a very active CEO on Twitter.From issue #129