Tesla Powerwall 2 Australia Release Date
24.08.17 Update: you can get a Tesla Powerwall 2 in Australia from a number of different vendors. If you’re interested in the different energy storage options available to you, please check our solar battery comparison articles (or simply scroll down this article to learn more) – there’s plenty to read up on!
Also have a look at the case study on Gizmodo of a Melbourne man who says the Powerwall 2 will drop his power bill to $0.
According to the Tesla website, there is a ‘May 2017’ install date for Australia. Please note that this has changed a few times already and Tesla have moved the goalposts in other ways, such as removing the DC version of the Powerwall 2, so don’t bet the house on it. But we think Q2 2017 will see some Powerwalls in Australian houses! Watch this space and we’ll be reporting as soon as the first Powerwall 2’s start appearing in Australian homes.
You can use the search function on the Tesla website to locate Australian stores, galleries, and service centers – just click here!
Tesla Powerwall 2 Australia Price
One 14kWh Powerwall battery is priced at $8,000 AUD. Two will cost you $16,000 AUD, and so on. According to the official Tesla site the ‘supporting hardware’ comes to $750 – and if you buy multiple Powerwalls you will only have to pay this $750 once. Please note this price excludes retailer/distributor connection charges which apply in some parts of Australia (more detailed information about this soon). It also excludes installation, which ranges from $1,150 to $2,900 plus permit fees, as per Tesla’s site.
Tesla Powerwall 2 Specs
The Powerwall 2 is substantially upgraded in almost every way from its predecessor, featuring:
- 1150mm long, 755mm wide, 155mm diameter. (45″ x 30″ x 6″)
- 14kWh battery (13.5kWh ‘Usable Capacity’)
- 7kW peak power, 5kW continuous power.
- Wall or floor mountable, indoor or outdoor.
- 10 year manufacturer’s warranty
- Scalable (up to 10 Powerwall 2’s)
- Integrated Inverter (converts the DC energy into AC energy you need to use in your house)
- Liquid Cooling
- Control and view your energy usage/storage with the Tesla app (iOS and Android)
- Weighs 125kg (276 pounds)
- Degradation – it will hold around 70% of the 13.5kWh after 10 years.
- 90% ’round’ trip efficiency.
Earlier this year Tesla were taking orders for a DC (i.e. without an included inverter) version of the Powerwall 2 but this has since been discontinued. The only available version of the Powerwall 2 is the AC version with inverter already built. If you’ve already got panels and an inverter it might be worth looking at alternatives to the Powerwall 2. LG Chem produces the RES7H and RESU10H (follow this link to SolarQuotes who have other great information) with 6.6 and 9.3 kilowatt-hours of usable storage respectively.
Is The Tesla Powerwall Worth It?
Let’s crunch the numbers. Obviously costs and prices will differ from household to household so plug in your own costs to see if a Tesla Powerwall is right for you. Let’s assume you can store the maximum of 13.5kwh each day, and you’ve changed your power plan to peak/offpeak (read more here). Let’s also assume an installation cost of $10,000 AUD ($8,750 to Tesla and $1,250 to cover installation and connection charges / permit fees).
The current off-peak price is around 10c/kWh and the peak price 30c/kWh (in comparison to the ‘standard’ everyday price of ~25c/kWh).
If you were to use all 13.5kWh in peak times, this would save you $2.70 a day, or $985.50 p.a. (30c – 10c = 20c) (20 c x 13.5) (2.70 x 365).
By the 10th year, assuming the stated 30% degradation, you would have 9.45kWh which represents a saving of $1.89 a day, or $689.85 p.a.
You can use NREL’s PVWatts calculator to find out exactly how much sun you can expect at your residence. It’s a bit complicated but an amazing tool for those who want to get granular about the postential for solar savings.
Tesla Powerwall 2 Australia is only useful for some people at this point in time – solar panel and energy storage technology is coming along in leaps and bounds so this will only get more economical. There are also other options that may suit your individual circumstances.
Tesla Powerwall Competitors and Alternatives
There are a number of Tesla Powerwall alternatives – some would argue that you’re paying for the ‘prestige’ of the name. Always do your research before you buy something based on advertising or what your friends say – solar and solar storage come down to your individual requirements. It’s definitely worthwhile to carefully measure the numbers before you commit to anything!
And without further ado, have a look at some of your other choices – they may not be as sleek, but utilitarian can be sexy too:
Redflow Zinc Bromide ZBM2 – 10kWh ‘flow’ battery (click to view)
- 10 kWh capacity.
- 100% usable capacity
- Warranty for 36,500 kWh or 10 years.
- Flat voltage curve (charge 100% capacity with constant power – unlike lithium ion)
- Web based management system with MODBUS communication software.
- 240kg with electrolyte.
LG Chem RESU (Residential Energy Storage Unit)
- 3 48volt DC models (RESU3.3, RESU6.5, RESU10).
- 2 400v models (RESU7H, RESU10H).
- Lithium Ion technology with 90-95% usable capacity.
- On grid / Off grid installation options.
- AC/DC coupling available, depending on your solar panels.
- Much smaller than the Powerwall.
- Easy installation.
SonnenBatterie Eco 8.2 battery system (click to view)
- 4-16kWh capacity (modular design which increases in 2kWh increments).
- Easy to retrofit to your existing panels.
- Compatible with all panels.
- 10year / 10,000 cycle warranty.
- 2.5 cycles per day (2.5x ‘value’ and faster payback).
- Inverter included.
- Online management with ‘self learning algorithm’ (automatically decides the best times to charge and supply).
- Proper UPS and automatic blackout protection with SonnenBatterie Protect 1300.
- Reliable supplier who has been making these batteries since 2008.
Fronius Energy Package (click to view)
- Six products configured in blocks of 1.5kWh (Fronius Solar Battery 4.5, 6.0, 7.5, 9.0, 10.5, 12.0 with 3.6, 4.8, 6.0, 7.2,8.4 and 9.6 kWh respectively)
- Lithium Iron Phosphate technology.
- Indoor installation required.
- LiFePO4 battery technology.
- AC integrated (hybrid) inverter – store the power as DC until you need it: extra efficiency – all the benefits of both AC and DC coupling!
- 2 cycles per day.
- They have a current rebate offer for purchase orders placed before July 31, 2017.
Enphase AC battery / storage system (click to view)
- 1.2kWh capacity (modular – so install as many as you need – 1.2kWh won’t get you far).
- Roundtrip cell efficiency: 96%.
- Online monitoring software.
- 2 cycles per day (double ‘value’ and faster payback).
- Lithium-iron phosphate material and prismatic cells from Eliiy Power.
- AC only – no high voltage DC involved in system (microinverters under the solar panels convert DC to AC – click here to read more).
- Over 17,000 Enphase systems installed in Australia.
Global NRG silicone rechargeable battery (click to view)
- Touted as the ‘first green battery in the world’.
- Silicate Compound electrolyte.
- Rapid charging time.
- Their website is extremely poor but we’re following this one with interest too.
BYD B-Box (click to view)
- BYD are the biggest supplier of lithium ion batteries in the world (market cap of ~$22b)
- Modular design
- 2.4KwH – 10KwH (B-Box 2.5, B-Box 5.0, B-Box 7.5, B-Box 10.0)
- Safe lithium Iron Phosphate material
- Needs a hybrid inverter (purchase separately from SMA, GoodWe, SolaX, and Victron)
- AC/DC Coupling.
- B-Box 10 can supply 10.24kilowatts of power continuously (much higher than almost every other battery if this is important to you – but please note this depends on inverter choice as well)
- Peak power 20kilowatts for 3 minutes (also depends on inverter choice).
- Indoor or outdoor installation.
- 4.2kWh, 6kWh, and 9.6kWh options available.
- Single Phase / Three Phase Compatible
- 10 Year Warranty
- Inverter Included
- 97% system efficiency
- Smartphone connectivity
- Price includes installation (in UK/EU)
- Not currently available in Australia
Tesla Powerwall 2 Installation
Tesla Powerwall 2’s are being installed in Australia right now. Read our Tesla Powerwall 2 Installation overview!
Tesla Powerwall 3 Release Date
No word yet about the Powerwall 3, but as soon as there are any whispers, we’ll have them here. Compared to Powerwall 1, the Powerwall 2 has 40% more peak power, 50% more continuous power, double the storage capacity, an included inverter, and all for the same price. For some people it’s a viable cost-saving option – so if the Powerwall 3 can come even close to some of these improvements from the previous models, we’ll be well on our way for it to be a no brainer to have a solar PV system + energy storage on every roof in the country.
Tesla Powerwall 2 New Zealand Installation and Price
According to FutureFive, the first New Zealand installation of a Tesla Powerwall 2 occured on August 24, 2017, in a Queenstown home. It was installed by Vector subsidiary PowerSmart Solar and they expect to install many more over the coming months. PowerSmart will also be installing New Zealand’s second Powerwall 2, but after that there are a number of other suppliers who are Tesla Certified and will be offering the product to Kiwis.
The RRP for a Tesla Powerwall 2 (including a Tesla Gateway) is $18,000 NZD for a single 14kWh (13.5 usable kWh) device.