6 June 2016

More Aussie homes to benefit from Tesla Powerwall

More Australians will be able to enjoy the benefits of the Tesla Powerwall following Origin’s launch of a new solution which allows owners of existing solar PV systems to install this battery technology in their home.

“Since Origin announced we would be selling the Tesla Powerwall, there has been great interest from customers,” says Phil Mackey, General Manager, Solar & Emerging Business, Origin.

“Until now, the Tesla Powerwall could only be purchased and installed from Origin with a new solar PV system, but we are pleased to announce that homes with existing solar PV systems can now start benefitting from this storage solution.”

Existing solar households can now purchase a Tesla Powerwall from Origin to pair with their existing system and inverter from under $10,0001.

Origin will install a Tesla battery and the SMA Sunnyboy Battery Interface, which connects the battery to the electrical (AC) network in the home. This technology allows the Tesla Powerwall to be fitted with a solar PV system and single phase electricity regardless of the inverter brand installed.

New solar customers will also now be able to pair the Tesla Powerwall with the full range of Origin’s solar systems. Previously, the Tesla Powerwall was only available for purchase from Origin with a Solar Edge system.

“In our vision to become Australia’s leading solar provider, Origin is committed to making solar and battery storage available to more customers and this latest solution is another step toward achieving this,” added Mr Mackey.

“This is a very exciting time, where new technologies are placing more control in the hands of customers and Origin is excited to be helping customers on this journey.”

Origin has helped over 85,000 homes go solar in the past 10 years, and has recently reached 1MW of sales in business scale solar per month for the first time.

At an industrial scale, Origin has announced long term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to purchase all the solar generation from two large scale solar farms – the 100MW Clare Solar Farm in Queensland, and the 56MW Morree Solar Farm in New South Wales.

1Tesla Powerwall and SMA Sunnyboy Battery Interface available from Origin from $9,890 for installations within 50km of Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, plus selected areas in northern Queensland.  

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About Origin Energy

Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) is the leading Australian integrated energy company with market leading positions in energy retailing (approximately 4.2 million customer accounts), power generation (approximately 6,000 MW of capacity owned and contracted) and natural gas production (1,093 PJ of 2P reserves and annual production of 82 PJe).

Through Australia Pacific LNG, its incorporated joint venture with ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, Origin is developing Australia’s biggest CSG to LNG project based on the country’s largest 2P CSG reserves base.