Tesla says Powerwall 2 battery storage deliveries have begun

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Tesla says installations of its Powerwall 2 home battery systems have begun in Australia, and will ramp up this month.

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One Step Off The Grid

One of the most commonly asked questions about battery storage is the timing of the first deliveries of the Tesla Powerwall 2. It seems, according to the Tesla Facebook page, that it has finally begun.

This first delivery was made in an as-yet unspecified location in NSW, with the customer apparently not wanting any more publicity. But Tesla says deliveries and installs will ramp up this month.

The Powerwall 2, which provided more capacity at a cheaper price – effectively reducing the costs of battery storage by around half – was hailed as one of the major developments in battery storage last year. The costs are estimated at $A8,000 per 14kWh battery pack, with installation and supporting hardware starting at $2,000.

The unit was formally unveiled in a blaze of publicity in March, when Lyndon Rive’s comments about Tesla’s ability to solve Australia’s energy crisis within six months led to a Twitter exchange with Australian IT billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, and preceded two large-scale battery storage tenders in South Australia and Victoria.

But Tesla is not the only company to bring down the costs of storage. Numerous other companies – LG Chem, Sonnen, Apollo-ESS and others – have rolled out new models at lower costs, and others, such as Opal Solar, are preparing to launch cheaper packages within the next few months.

Solar installers report huge interest from customers, although many seem to be waiting for even further falls in costs.

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5 Comments
  1. Mike Dill 2 years ago

    Yes, I am also waiting for my PW2. Maybe sometime this year…..

  2. wholisticguy 2 years ago

    I still don’t see the Tesla Powerwall 2 listed on the CEC approved inverter list for AS4777.2:2015 compliance?

    I thought this compliance was required for legal installation?

    • Greg Hudson 2 years ago

      I believe that complying with ‘Australian Standards’ is only voluntary, but I may be wrong…

      • wholisticguy 2 years ago

        It is compulsory. Grid connected inverters must comply with AS4777.2:2015, and the installing electrician must sign a certificate of compliance that states that all equipment and installation procedures are to standard.

        Australian electricial standards on grid connected 240V systems are the opposite of voluntary, they are enforced with criminal punishment as non-compliant equipment or installation can be fatal.

  3. Phil 1 year ago

    $16k installed i was quoted in a shopping center in Coffs Harbour with no panel costs added.

    Seemed an excessive install fee so i asked why.

    “Oh they are complex to install. Lot’s of additional hardware,and you need 3 guys to lift it into place.

    I would recommend shopping around and getting a separate supply and installation costing

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