It's been a long wait, but Tesla has announced it will be bringing its energy storage solution, the Powerwall, to Australia through energy retailers Origin, Natural Solar and Simply Energy. It was announced in September the Powerwall would be in the country by 2016, but until now it's been unclear who would sell it.
Major Australian energy provider, Origin, will sell the Powerwall — which stores surplus energy from solar panels in daylight hours to be used during peak usage periods — in a bundle with solar inverters and panels, as part of an energy management system for homeowners.
The price for the whole kit through Origin is set to cost A$16,500 (US$12,037).
Origin will be offering the 7 kilowatt-hour "daily use" model with the bundle, but is not selling the 10 kilowatt-hour "backup application" model as of yet.
A spokesperson for Origin told Mashable Australia while they won't be selling the Powerwall standalone for now, they are working with Tesla and may do so in 2016.
The energy retailer claimed, in an emailed statement, it has more than 400,000 solar customers and is offering orders on its website now for installation in February, 2016.
Natural Solar told Mashable Australia via email it will sell the 4kWp system with the 7kWh Tesla Energy Powerwall using a Fronius hybrid inverter for around A$13,990 (US$10,196) GST inclusive and fully installed, with added meter costs. The cost of a 5kW solar system will be A$14,990 (US$10,925).
Natural Solar will sell the Tesla Energy Powerwall with a 4kW SolarEdge and DC Optimisers for A$15,390 (US$11,216). Consumers can register on its website.
Simply Energy allows interested consumers to also register its websites, but has not released further details regarding pricing publicly. Both companies will have units available for installation at the start of 2016.
A spokesperson for Tesla told Mashable Australia Australia had been "prioritised as a market" due to the high number of solar energy users across the country.
Announced back in April, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said with the Powerwall his company wanted to "change the way the world uses energy."
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