An Australian company, home builder Arden Homes, is partnering with Bradford Solar and Tesla to give their houses a renewable twist. The company has announced that the Tesla Powerwall will now be “a standard inclusion in every Arden home,” as part of offering the Bradford Solar ChargePack. Bradford Solar is a solar installer and a certified reseller of Tesla Powerwall.
“The energy that is created can be used to power your appliances, fed back into the grid or stored for later use,” according to Arden. “At the heart of your Bradford Solar ChargePack is Tesla Powerwall, a [rechargeable] lithium-ion battery that charges using electricity from your solar panels.”
Prior to Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity, both companies had been working with home builders to incorporate products such as the Powerwall into home designs.
Tesla’s Powerwall is part of a product lineup that builds a sustainable renewable energy ecosystem directly into homes. It’s “designed to store energy at a residential level for self-consumption of solar power generation, emergency backup power, load shifting and other applications,” according to Tesla.
The idea is to have a battery that can store energy generated by sources like solar panel or even by Tesla’s electric vehicles. This stored power can then be used when needed, like after the sun has set or in the event of a power outtage. Tesla notes that it “can extend the environmental and cost benefits of solar.”
The Powerwall also helps homeowners cut down their electric bills by much as 92 percent “by charging during low rate periods when demand for electricity is lower and discharging during more expensive rate periods when electricity demand is higher.”
It’s a truly advantageous setup in a country like Australia, which has the world’s highest penetration of rooftop solar per capita: 15 percent of households in the country are using solar. That’s roughly 1.5 million homes that can benefit from a truly renewable energy source.