Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:22

Origin secures deal to sell Tesla Powerwall battery

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Origin Energy has secured a deal to be the first supplier of the Tesla Powerwall battery storage system in Australia.

Under the deal, from today Origin customers can purchase the much-heralded Tesla Powerwall, with installations expected to begin in February next year.

Origin Chief Executive Officer Energy Markets, Frank Calabria said that by offering rooftop solar with home batteries, Origin is able to provide households with “greater control over their energy use than ever before”.

“Customers can now also make their investment in solar work harder, as excess electricity produced during the day can be stored for use at a later time when the solar panels do not produce electricity.

“Origin is Australia’s leading energy retailer with more than 400,000 solar customers, and Tesla Energy has quickly established itself as a global leader in battery storage, so we are delighted to be collaborating on Origin’s first solar and battery offering.”

Origin is bundling the Tesla Powerwall with Trina solar panels and the Solar Edge inverter as part of a home energy solution offering. The Solar Edge inverter uses solar optimisers on each panel to deliver improved system performance and has been approved by Tesla Energy for pairing with the Powerwall.

“Origin is providing customers with a simple, no-fuss solution by allowing them to buy their solar system, inverter and battery product from us, have it installed and monitored by us and enjoy the benefits of our post sales service support,” Calabria said.

“Home batteries will not be for everyone at this early stage, but with more than 80% of solar PV owners in a recent survey indicating they would consider buying a home battery, Origin is ideally placed to help consumers find the right solution for them with our end to end offering.

“We are confident that there will be early adopters very interested in taking up an Origin solar and battery package.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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