Ready for Tesla Power Wall
by Ben GanjeA few weeks ago, Elon Musk unveiled his new home battery system and daily cycle controller called the Tesla Power Wall. It is an exciting development in the solar world. Although the battery technology he unveiled has been around for a while (and is a bit cheaper without his brand on it), when the world’s most ambitious entrepenuer stands up and puts electric utilities on notice, people listen.
Right now, solar systems throughout the country benefit most — financially, speaking — from being grid-tied. By keeping connected to the electric utility consumers benefit from net metering. Net metering means that your utility will pay you for that excess solar energy. As it spills back onto the grid, the utility will pay or credit you at retail rate. It is a very beneficial for both the customer and the utility.
However, times change. As they do, some net metering laws may get rolled back or altered by state law. If they do, having a solar system that is equipped to add a battery system is a great idea. That’s why, starting now, we will equip our systems with Solar Edge inverters and optimizers.
This is a big move for us and our customers. Solar Edge will allow for more versatile string sizing, meaning we can fit more panels on your roof. The optimizers also reduce the voltage during a power outage, which meets code for rapid shut-down in most cities. It also replaces the need for micro-inverters in nearly all occasions. The most pressing advantage for using micro-inverters is shading and a little extra production by inverting at the panel level. Solar Edge optimizers will do the same thing as a micro-inverter.
We can do all of that with Solar Edge and still be ready to add Tesla’s Power Wall when the time is right. The video below is a great overview of how a solar system with DC optimizers works. Check it out.
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