It has been a HUGE year for Sydney based solar and Tesla Powerwall installation company Natural Solar, and we are bursting with energy and excitement.
Our team are thrilled to have installed our very first Tesla Powerwall in the home of Nick Pfitzner, in Sydney’s Kellyville Ridge, Sydney, NSW, marking the official start of an important new chapter for Natural Solar, as well as solar energy in Australia.
Pfitzner had been thinking making the shift to solar for a long time, but held back until now for a variety of reasons.
“I’d been considering solar for years but realised the limitations of [the systems previously only functioning during] daylight,” he says. “I knew there were battery systems out there but none of them really appealed in terms of cost or size or how they had to be stored.”
This all changed last year when Tesla Energy announced their plans to enter the home battery market with the Tesla Powerwall.
“I’d been following Tesla for quite a long time, since the roadster days, so when they announced they were going to release a home battery system, it really got my interest,” Pfitzner says. “I knew it would be pretty but also really functional.”
The imminent availability of the Tesla Powerwall, combined with a financial windfall and a move into a larger home were all factors in convincing Pfitzner to finally go solar. His new home has five bedrooms, plus a pool and ducted air-conditioning, so the electrical needs are high.
“The first bill we got in the new house was so high, it was a bit of a shock,” he says. “I spent money putting LED lights in everywhere and limiting the damage as much as I could, but I wanted to look at not just limiting cost but eliminating it by going solar.”
Despite the upfront outlay of installing a full new solar system with Tesla Powerwall, Pfitzner is confident he will pay off his solar investment in a few short years.
“I did the ROI (return on investment) and estimate that, based on today’s prices, it will take me eight years to pay off this new system,” he says. “But if prices jump by 5%, it will take me less than seven years. If prices go up by 10%, it will be even quicker.”
Once he decided to go solar, Pfitzner contacted Natural Solar to get the ball rolling.
“I was really impressed that the first person I spoke to was an engineer,” says Pfitzner . “That was big for me because I’m in IT so I really appreciate getting the technical lowdown with no sales pitch or any other rubbish. Knowing that the person on the end of the phone knew what they were talking about, and wasn’t going to make promises they couldn’t deliver, was a big plus.”
The positive experience continued throughout the process, right up to the final installation.
“They kept me updated, step by step, on what they were doing and what each bit of equipment was for,” he says. “The boys were all really friendly and polite – and they were all VERY excited about doing the first installation. Overall it all went really well.”