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Tesla Powerwall 2 gets included in Australia’s battery subsidy plan for 40k homes

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In a rather ironic twist, both Tesla and its own Powerwall 2 battery are added into this list of alternatives for South Australia’s Home Battery Scheme, which aims to offer subsidies to 40,000 houses. The addition of this Powerwall 2 battery into the subsidy scheme comes beneath the continuing improvement of Tesla’s ambitious Virtual Power Plant in the region.

The upgrade, which was recently reported by One Step Off The Grid, noticed that Tesla’s 13.5kWh lithium ion home battery systems are at present qualified for the full AU$6,000 (US$4,300) subsidy given by the SA authorities. As an extra ways to draw buyers, Tesla has set up a temporary booth in the Rundle Mall in Adelaide, to showcase its battery storage technologies. According to the Australian-based book, though, clients are being informed that the setup of Powerwall 2 batteries will probably involve a lot of waiting.

Solar Quotes’ Ronald Brakels, that visited the Tesla pop-up shop, was reportedly informed that there’s an estimated 12-week waiting period for Powerwall 2 batteries. Brakels further added that he had been quoted AU$9,300 (US$6,600) for the setup of the batteries following the AU$6,000 (US$4,300) subsidy is applied. That’s a considerable sum, and will probably be out of reach for some homeowners that are needing a system which can lower their power bills.

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This was one of the concerns which were raised last year after South Australia’s Home Battery Scheme was announced as a viable replacement for Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant undertaking. Not long after he had been elected, South Australia premier Steven Marshall expressed his resistance to Tesla’therefore proposal of establishing a 250 MW/650 MWh virtual power plant comprised of 50,000 residential houses and Powerwall 2 batteries. Alternatively, Marshall proposed a subsidy system instead, which might lower the purchase price of battery storage units for 40,000 houses.

“(Former Premier Jay Weatherill) has been performing (Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant) for Housing Trust houses in South Australia… That’s not part of our strategy. What we’re going to do is provide a subsidy to get (those with) solar rooftops systems with a few storage capability,” Marshall stated before soon before he was sworn in this past calendar year.

Marshall’s plan had primitive gaps with Tesla’s plan for a Virtual Power Plant. For starters, the battery powered subsidy will be provided to houses which are equipped with solar panels. Aside from this, homeowners are required to buy their own batteries, albeit at a discounted price. Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant, on the other hand, intends to offer solar panels and Powerwall 2 batteries into 25,000 Housing Trust families and 25,000 private low cost houses for free.

Apparently after receiving flak for his lack of assistance for Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant, Marshall finally chose a softer stance about the undertaking. From the end of May 2018, Energy Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan announced that the South Australian authorities would be chasing Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant and Marshall’s Home Battery Scheme side-by-side.

Ever since that time, Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant has finished its first phase, which includes the installation of solar panels and batteries into the first 100 homes in the computer system. Marshall’s Home Battery Scheme, on the other hand, has been launched last October, also is expected to add up to 400 MWh of storage into the state’s grid as soon as finish. Finally, that the 400 MWh from Marshall’s Home Battery Scheme are a nice addition to this 650 MWh of energy storage which would be supplied by Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant once all 50,000 residential units are attached and online.

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