Past Tesletter articles
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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