EVOLVsolar Is Now a Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer
With worsening climate change and the global transition to clean energy, every year now seems like the “busiest” one (for solar installers like us). And 2021 was no exception.
Over the past 12 months, we:
- Covered a host of new incentives, including the Agricultural Clean Technology Program, Banff Solar Rebate Initiative, Canada Greener Homes Grant, and Alberta Clean Energy Improvement Program.
- Completed over 50 residential and commercial solar projects across Western Canada, including the largest privately owned PV installation in Banff (using the rebate mentioned above).
- Published free guides on solar-ready homes, net-zero homes, and how to choose the right storage solutions for off-grid applications in Canada.
And of course, there was Covid-19 in the background (and foreground) the entire time, causing shortages from semi-conductors to common household items.
With all that’s happened over the past year, we overlooked announcing one of our company’s achievements. And it didn’t even happen this year.
In 2020, we became certified installers of the Tesla Powerwall – one of the best-selling energy storage solutions in the industry.
At EVOLVsolar, we’ve worked with many different types of solar batteries. And there are things we like about all of them. But our goal is to help you achieve your energy needs and minimize your carbon footprint. And the Tesla Powerwall delivers a host of benefits that are hard to duplicate when pairing alternative energy storage systems with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
Benefits of the Tesla Powerwall for Homeowner
Each Powerwall unit delivers 5 kW of continuous power (7 kW peak) and 13.5 kWh of storage capacity. And you can combine up to 10 Powerwall batteries to achieve 135 kWh of storage. Most of our clients also appreciate the aesthetically pleasing design of the outer casing.
But you obviously don’t invest in a Tesla Powerwall for how it looks. It’s what’s under the hood that really matters. Let’s look at 2 of the most popular configurations we do for our residential customers in Western Canada. These examples will help to highlight how versatile and flexible this battery storage solution truly is.
For grid-tied PV installations, adding a Powerwall battery system allows you to use whatever electricity is cheapest or most available at that moment in time:
- Daytime solar energy from your panels
- Stored solar power in your battery
- Utility electricity from the grid
This setup is very popular since most residential PV systems produce more solar energy than their owners can use at that moment in time. And storing this unused solar electricity now (and for free) means not having to buy as much grid electricity from your utility provider once the sun goes down.
It gets better.
The Tesla Powerwall also comes with an automatic transfer switch (ATS) that instantly switches the battery to emergency backup mode whenever your system detects a grid outage. In the event of a blackout, this backup feature allows you to continue powering your home with almost zero disruption.
2. Off-Grid Solar, Powerwall, and/or Generator
For off-grid applications, it’s possible to combine the Tesla Powerwall with solar PV panels and/or backup generators to deliver reliable energy day and night. Achieving this requires:
- Installing enough PV panels (or a large enough generator + fuel) to cover all of your forecasted energy needs over a couple of days or so.
- Adding enough battery storage capacity, with the Powerwall’s modular design allowing for up to 10 connected units (or 135 kWh).
The more batteries you install, the less fuel, wear, and tear goes into your generator.
Best of all, you can easily track and manage the Powerwall through Tesla’s monitoring app. This free app also integrates with the company’s entire line of electric vehicles and charging stations.
Benefits of the Tesla Powerwall for Businesses
The Powerwall delivers the same benefits to commercial customers as it does to residential users – i.e. greater energy independence, emergency backup power, and a smaller carbon footprint.
However, the Tesla Powerwall includes additional features to help business owners truly maximize these benefits.
For example, each battery unit comes with intelligent software that can analyze grid conditions, predict your own energy consumption needs, and optimize its charging and discharging schedule accordingly.
Just as with the residential line of Powerwall batteries, Tesla offers a free monitoring app that lets you set your own rules and schedules. But we’ve seen how this battery solution automatically handles demand response, load shifting, and peak shaving. It’s very impressive – and requires virtually zero intervention from you, the user.
Tesla only allows certified installers to sell and work with the Powerwall. And it’s easy to understand why when you see their installation manual (which we invite you to download for some light holiday reading). There’s a lot that goes into correctly sizing, installing, and configuring each battery unit. However, this extra effort is worth it since it allows us to deliver on our core promise of energy reliability and a greener planet.
To learn more about backup power and if this product is right for your home or business, contact us today for more information.
Happy holidays and safe travels from the EVOLVsolar family.