Luis Angel, the solar power consultant with Ryzzun right here, and I am about to tell you exactly how much the Tesla Powerwall cost is, and if it makes sense for you to get it in your home in Puerto Rico or anywhere in the US, because it doesn’t for everyone.
I actually put it in my mom’s address on the Tesla.com website, as well as how much she pays a month for her electricity bill, and they tell you exactly how much they will charge you to do a full solar panel installation. Whether you want the solar roof, which does cost a little bit more, or the solar panels with the backup battery which is their Tesla Powerwall.
Tesla Powerwall Cost
On the Tesla.com website, it tells you exactly how much the Tesla Powerwall costs. For one Powerwall, it’s $10,500. And that’s with the installation costs because you’re installing the full solar panel system with the Powerwall.
Can you buy only the Tesla Powerwall in Puerto Rico without a solar panel system?
They actually do not sell you just a Powerwall alone anymore with Tesla. Elon Musk changed that as of April of 2021. So, if you want to get the Tesla Powerwall, you have to get a solar panel system with it as well.
There are different companies that you can go with to do your Solar install. You can choose Tesla themselves, or you can actually go with a company like Sunnova or, other installers that offer the Powerwall with their solar systems.
But as of right now, you cannot get the Powerwall alone.
One Tesla Powerwall costs $10,500, but you can get multiple Tesla power walls, if it makes sense for you and your home. and that would bring the cost down for each individual one. But if you get 2, 3, 4, once you get to four Powerwalls, that will bring the cost down to $7,500 per Tesla Powerwall. If after you’re done with doing the electricity use calculations, and you see that with your home’s energy needs you’re going to require two power walls, then each one of them is going to be $8,500 or a total of $17,000 just for the two Powerwalls.
Whole-Home Energy Backup with the Tesla Powerwall
Because this is my mom’s home in Southern California that I’m using as an example. Her estimated energy use every month would actually give her a whole home energy backup for six days straight with the Tesla Powerwalls. That means that if there’s a blackout, brownout, or a power outage for six days, she’s able to fully get her energy needs met with the Tesla Powerwalls and Solar Panel system.
Now what’s great about the Tesla.com website is that you can actually order everything that you need, your solar panels and the Powerwall from the website, whether you want to pay cash or with the loan, and you see all the details, they break it down the details on your federal tax credit that you’ll be receiving. You’ll also see any other incentives in your local areas, because each state each region has their own incentives for going solar.
Tesla Powerwall Puerto Rico with Sunnova
Now, if you live in Puerto Rico or actually anywhere in the US, we can help you get started with Sunnova. Sunnova actually has a leasing option where you can get the Tesla Powerwall – Puerto Rico, for a flat monthly rate with your solar panel system that you’re going to get installed with them. The power of going with Sunnova, is that if anything were to happen with your system where you needed any maintenance, they will go ahead and take care of that. They’ll go out and send out service technicians to repair that, to help you out, to get your power back up, if anything were to happen with your system.
Does it make sense for you to get the Tesla Powerwall for your home?
Well, It depends on your energy needs. Some individuals want to get it because they think that they will be saving money every single month on their electricity bill. And that may or may not be the case depending on where you live and how much you pay a month for your electricity.
Southern California Edison has a time of use rate plan where the backup battery might be beneficial for someone in Southern California that has SCE as a utility provider, because then the backup battery, Tesla Powerwall, can actually help you to determine when to use a Powerwall, when to be on grid, when to be off grid, and to use your energy effectively so that you’re not paying those high peak, high time of use prices. Especially when you’re using things like your washing machine, your dryer, your AC unit.
Tesla gives you an app that guides you through exactly how to set all that up. But if you live in an area like Nashville, Tennessee, where the rates are pretty low, then this may or may not make sense for you, but if that’s not a priority for you and you instead get more power outages regularly, then that’s when a backup battery makes sense.
Regular Power Outages make it worth it to get the Tesla Powerwall
99% of the people here in Puerto Rico that we work with, they go with the Powerwall, a backup battery, because we get a lot of power outages, a lot of blackouts, and just random disconnects. then sometimes, the electricity can be out a few hours. Sometimes the power could be out a few days. And depending on the situation, the weather conditions, if we have a hurricane coming through, it can be out for a few months.
And then what? How are you going to power up your, your devices, your charge up your phone, power up your laptop. You’re going to need some type of backup battery system.
So if you’re in that type of situation, where you live in an area such as California, with the wildfires. When those power lines go out and that’s it, you’re out of power for a few days. If you work from home, you can’t live like that.
If you live in an area where you might get a power outage, maybe once or twice a year, then getting the Powerwall may not be the best option for you, if all that you’re concerned with is saving money on your monthly bill. I will recommend for you to only get the solar panels, because you can feed your excess energy back into your utility company, and they will store that for you and give you a credit. If you do have net metering in your region, then they will store that for you. Then once you need to tap back into that power, like at night, when your solar panels are not producing energy, then you can go ahead and get that energy back and get those credits back into your home’s electricity needs.
Now, even then, if you live in an area that has even a few power outages, what does that mean for you and your family? If you work from home, if you have kids that are doing virtual learning and they need to be a home or a homeschooled, and your Wifi is constantly going out, because your power’s going out. What about when your Internet’s not working, you can’t charge up your laptop anymore, you have to do these phone calls and all these Skype meetings, those zoom meetings, and you can’t do them because you have no more power. That’s when having a backup battery, even though you’re paying either the same exact amount that you were paying before with just your electricity company, but now you have the security of having that, electricity when all of your neighbor’s power goes out, you will still have power. If that is something that is top of mind for you, then it does make sense for you to get the Powerwall.
The majority of the people here in Puerto Rico, they get their solar panels with a backup battery, such as the Tesla Powerwall.
Can you use your electricity from only Solar Panels without a backup battery?
Now here’s something to keep in mind. People think that just because you have solar panels that even with the power outage, you’ll still be able to use that power that the solar panels are generating during when the sun is out and you’re generating power, right? Where is that power going? Well, guess what? Your utility company forces you to shut it off. They shut off that power. So you cannot use that during a blackout or during a power outage in your region. You need a backup battery. Your home’s electrical system is going to be getting that power from the backup battery, from the Tesla Powerwall. So you need that battery in order to get a power when there’s a power outage. If you’re completely off grid that doesn’t apply to you.
The reason for the power shutoff even though you have solar panels (without a battery) is because of the utility company’s need to be working. If there’s a downed power line, they need to be working on those power lines. And they do not want to run the risk of getting their service members electrocuted out there. So they have to shut down anybody that has a solar panel system, they’ll shut down their service. That way there is no electricity going back into the grid because that’s what the net metering system does. It allows you to sell your energy for credits back to the grid, to your utility company.
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