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Green Mtn. Power Offers Home Energy Storage Programs (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2020-05-27
The Vermont Public Utility Commission approved two new home battery power backup programs proposed by Green Mountain Power (GMP) -- the Tesla Powerwall and a home owner supplied devise.

The home owner supplied devise tariff program, which was developed in partnership with solar companies and Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), offers up to $10,500 in upfront incentives to customers purchasing their own batteries through local installers. At least 500 customers can enroll each year, up to five MW of stored energy annually.

With the Tesla Powerwall tariff program, customers can pay $55 per month for two Powerwall batteries in a 10-year lease, which covers standard installation and an optional five more years at no additional cost, or pay $5,500 upfront. Program participants agree to share their stored energy with GMP during peak energy use times, which lowers costs for all GMP customers. (Source: green Mountain Power, PR, Energy Insider, 26 May, 2020), Contact: Green Mountain Power, Mari McClure, Pres., CEO, Josh Castonguay, VP, (802) 770-3392,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power,  Energy Storage,  Tesla Power Wall,  

Tesla Discounts Powerwall Energy Storage Systems for California Wildfire Blackout Victims (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-10-30
In a recent tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk offered a $1,000 discount on its solar panels and Powerwall energy storage system to the more than 2 million Californians affected by utility "preemptive" power disruptions and wildfire power outages which are increasingly common in the Golden State.

Tesla's Powerwall home battery system for a 2,200-square-foot home retails for roughly $14,100 so, although a timely offer, Musk's discount is far from extravagant. (Source: Tesla, The Verge, 28 Oct., 2019)Contact: Tesla Powerwall,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerwall,  Energy Storage,  

GMP Expanding Home Battery Energy Storage Pilot (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2019-10-23
Vermont's largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP) wants to turn its pioneering home battery storage pilot programs into permanent and has filed proposals with the state's PUC for two new tariffs -- one for utility-owned batteries and one for customer-owned batteries.

The energy storage tariff would allow customers to lease Tesla Powerwall batteries from GMP and pay either a one-time, upfront fee or a monthly payment. The customer-owned tariff would see the customer lease or purchase a battery from a range of approved providers. The proposed tariffs are extensions of two successful pilot programs that included electric vehicle chargers.

If approved by the PUC, each program will be open to a maximum of 500 customers per year, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Source: Green Mountain Power, Energy News, Oct., 2019) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Josh Castonguay, VP, (802) 770-3392,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerwall,  Green Mountain Power,  Energy Storage,  

Tesla Powerwall, Powerpack Q2 Installations Up 81 pct (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-07-31
Tesla is reporting the deployment of its Powerwall and Powerpack energy storage systems grew by 81 pct to 415 MWh during Q2 compared to Q1 this year. Powerwalls are now installed in over 50,000 sites, Tesla said.

The company generated $368.2 million in revenues from its energy generation, i.e. solar and storage, business during the most recent quarter, up from $324.6 million during Q1, according to a release. (Source: Tesla, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Tesla Powerwall,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Tesla Powerwall,  

GMP Powerwall Program Saves Cool $500K During Heat Wave (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power
Date: 2018-07-23
Vermont utility Green Mountain Power is reporting it drew electricity out of about 500 Tesla Powerwall batteries installed in the home of about 400 customers and fed it into the grid during a heat wave earlier this month. This meant GMP purchased less electricity from power plants when the wholesale price of power in New England, which changes every five minutes depending on demand and supply, was particularly high.

This had a double price benefit. It saves on the momentary energy charge, but more importantly it can reduce the utility's payment to the bulk transmission system in New England. That charge is based on usage during the hour of the year when the most electricity was being used. GMP will cut its annual grid costs, explaining a large portion of the nearly $500,000 it says it saved. If a higher peak hour happens later in the year, that number can change.

Under the GMP Powerwall program, a customer can buy one of the Powerwall 2.0 batteries for $1,500, less than a fifth of the usual cost, if they let GMP draw electricity from the battery at times. A single Powerwall 2.0 provides 13 kWh of power, which can run an efficient house for a day. (Source: Green Mountain Power, Concord Monitor, 21 July, 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Josh Castonguay, VP Innovation, (802) 770-3392,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power,  Tesla Powerwall,  Energy Storage,  

California Ready to Mandate New Home Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2018-05-04
In Sacramento, the The California Energy Commission (CEC) is scheduled to vote Wednesday, May 9, on new energy standards mandating most new homes have solar panels starting in 2020. If approved as expected, the Golden state would be the nation’s first state to mandate solar energy.

The proposed new rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective -- Requiring all new homes be "net-zero" meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year. Among the highlights:

  • The new solar mandate would apply to all houses, condos and apartment buildings up to three stories tall that obtain building permits after Jan. 1, 2020;

  • Exceptions or alternatives will be allowed when homes are shaded by trees or buildings or when the home's roofs are too small to accommodate solar panels;

  • Solar arrays can be smaller because homes won't have to achieve true net-zero status;

  • Builders installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall would qualify for "compliance credits" allowing them to further reduce the size of the solar system;

  • Provisions will encourage more electric use or even all-electric homes to reduce natural gas consumption.

    The mandate dates back to 2007 when the California Energy Commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient the "newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings." (Source: California Energy Commission, Orange County Register, 4 May, 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero,  Solar,  California Energy Commission,  

  • Tesla Solar Products Coming to Retailer Home Depots (Ind. Report)
    Tesla,Home Depot
    Date: 2018-02-05
    Beginning this July, this year, 800 of retailing giant Home Depot's more than 2,200 stores will feature Tesla solar panels, rooftop solar systems, and Powerwall storage batteries. Tesla will set up and staff the in store displays. Tesla's rooftop solar system sells for roughly $10,000 to $25,000,and the Powerwall energy storage battery gors for approximately, according to the company's website. $7,000. (Source: Tesla, CleanTechnica, 1 Feb., 2018) Contact: Tesla Powerwall,; Tesla Solar,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Solar,  Tesla Power Wall,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    Vestas, Tesla Partnering on Wind Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Vestas,Wind,Energy Storage,Tesla
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Energy storage and electric vehicle powerhouse Tesla reports it has partnered with wind turbine giant Vestas to apply Tesla's energy storage battery technology to the wind industry.

    Vestas has been been investigating various technologies and companies on how batteries and wind farms could be used in conjunction since the the 2012 launch of a wind project in Lem-Kaer, Denmark, according to a Vestas statement. (Source: Tesla, Vestas, Futurism1 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,; Tesla,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Tesla,  Tesla Powerwall,  

    Vector Ads LG Chem Energy Storage Solutions to Line (Int'l)
    Vector Energy Solutions
    Date: 2017-08-30
    In the Land Down Under, Vector Energy Solutions Ltd. reports it will be expanding its energy storage options for residential, industrial, and commercial customers, starting with LG Chem's battery storage products. LG Chem manufactures and supplies utility scale Li-ion batteries with over 2.8GWh of renewable energy and other projects to date.

    Vector Energy Solutions presently handles the Tesla Powerwall energy storage system and can finance and install the product as well as provide end-to-end service. (Source: Vector Energy Solutions, PR, 29 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vector Energy Solutions, Brian Ryan, 1800 853 945,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vector Energy Solutions,  ,  Energy Storage,  

    IKEA Offering Options to Tesla Solar Panels, Powerwall (Int'l)
    IKEA,Tesla, SolarCentury
    Date: 2017-08-07
    IKEA reports it has teamed up with SolarCentury in the UK to offer homeowners a new solar battery storage solution which rivals Tesla's Powerwall. The IKEA offering, which is compatible with existing panels or as part of a new combined system, claims to cut electricity bills by up to 70 pct, according to IKEA.

    The IKEA solar battery storage solution is for sale in the UK, where typically, solar equipped houses use 40 pct of their sun-sourced energy and send the remaining 60 pct back to the national grid. (Source: IKEA, 3 Aug., 2017) Contact: IKEA UK,; Tesla Powerwall,; Solarcentury, +44 (0) 20 7549 1000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IKEA,  SolarCentury,  Tesla,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    Deepwater Proposes Offshore Wind Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Deepwater Wind,Tesla
    Date: 2017-08-04
    Bloomberg is reporting a new Deepwater Wind proposal would use Tesla's Powerpack commercial storage batteries in a new offshore wind plant near Massachusetts.

    Tesla's Powerpack commercial storage batteries are specifically designed for renewable energy storage applications. (Source: Deepwater Wind, TC, 1 Aug., 2017) Contact: Deepwater Wind, Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, (401) 274-2000,; Tesla Powerwall,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Deepwater Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

    Winery Energy Efficiency, Storage Saves $15Mn (Ind. Report)
    Jackson Family Wines
    Date: 2017-07-19
    In Santa Rosa, California, Jackson Family Wines (JFW) reports that its 2015 installation of 21 Tesla Energy Power Wall stationary energy storage systems with a total 4.2 megawatts of storage capacity, along with other energy efficiency measures, have cut energy costs by more than $15 million. They also reduced the energy and water required to produce one gallon of wine.

    The company is committed to reinvesting the energy efficiency savings in onsite renewable energy. (Source: Jackson Family Wines, Energy Manager, 17 July, 2017) Contact: Jackson Family Wines, (707)544-4000,; Tesla Powerwall,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  Tesla Power Wall,  ,  Energy Storage,  

    Dallas Hosts Energy-Positive Big Box Store (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-06-09
    In the Lone Star State, Austin-based retailer TreeHouse reports the opening of the state's first energy-positive retail, big box home improvement store in Dallas.

    The building, which was designed by San Antonio-based architecture firm Lake & Flato, utilizes a south-facing, saw-tooth roof designed to allow for a huge array of solar panels, LED lighting, heat load reduction techniques, and north-facing windows to brighten the store with natural and artificial light without generating direct heat. The building also incorporates Tesla Powerwall battery energy storage units. (Source: TreeHouse, Texas Monthly, 6 June, 2017) Contact: TreeHouse,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Positive,  Tesla Powerwall,  Energy Storage,  

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