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Sunday, January 20, 2019


Tesla Powerwall gets a massive boost in Australia with ~50% subsidy for up to 40,000 homes

Australia is already a huge market for Tesla Powerwall for many reasons. But now you can add one more: the South Australian government has approved Tesla’s home battery pack for an important subsidy worth ~50% of the battery pack for up to 40,000 homes.

Tesla already has its giant virtual power plant project with Powerwalls in South Australia, but a change in government during the implementation of the project has led to a weird situation.

Virtual Solar + Storage

The deal was jeopardized after a new government was elected in the state a few weeks later and they wanted to instead implement their own plan to offer discounted battery packs for 40,000 homes. However, the government has since come around and confirmed that they will be moving forward with Tesla’s initiative as long as it is financed successfully as well as their own plan for discounted battery packs.

In July, Tesla deployed the first 100 Powerwalls with solar for the new virtual power plant with a focus on reducing the cost of electricity for low-income households.

Last month, they started expanding to 1,000 more homes in Australia – again focused on low-income households.

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