Australia’s largest Virtual Power Plant
Australia’s largest Virtual Power Plant
Tesla Energy Plan is Australia’s largest Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and represents the future of energy, today.
By joining thousands of Tesla Powerwalls together across Australia, Tesla through its Virtual Power Plant is able to reward participating households with ongoing Grid Support Credits and an extended Tesla Powerwall product warranty of up to 15 years* when you purchase a new Powerwall with the Tesla Energy Plan
By being part of the energy solution, homeowners are not only rewarded
with additional benefits, but are also assisting in stabilising the electricity
Natural Solar installed one of the world’s first Tesla Powerwall in January of 2016 in Sydney which was a defining moment in Australia’s solar battery boom. Since then, Natural Solar has installed over 8,000 Solar Batteries Australia-wide and is the largest installer of solar batteries in Australia, making us the natural choice for home solar and battery needs to Australian households.
The Tesla Virtual Power Plant is made up of a network of homes that contribute clean solar energy to the grid to provide support, prevent outages and lower energy costs for you and your community.
Tesla’s world-leading technology optimises your Powerwall to meet your home’s energy needs while also supporting the grid by reacting to market conditions and preparing for anticipated grid events.
In return, you receive competitively low energy rates and monthly Grid Support Credits.disclimer
Feed in tariffs across most regions of Australia have been steadily reducing overtime, and in some instances households may even be charged for sending solar power back to the grid. Two of Australia’s largest electricity retailers slashed the amount paid for feeding solar back into the grid on the 1st of October, 2021 by almost 30%!
By installing Tesla Powerwall, you are not only maximising your solar self consumption, but you are also able to maximise your energy savings through flexible Time of Use rates (tariffs).
Let Tesla do all of the hard work for you! Tesla’s world-leading technology monitors and manages Powerwall for you, intelligently assessing household usage patterns to help ensure your home is always powered by the most efficient source, reducing your energy bill and benefiting your community at the same time.
This program will help to prevent blackouts and reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, creating a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable Australia.
When investing in a Tesla Powerwall, you’ll be joining 1000’s of other Tesla Powerwall owners who are generating, storing and using their own solar energy.
The Tesla Energy Plan is a retail energy (electricity) plan provided through Energy Locals that offers you access to competitive and flexible energy rates, monthly Grid Support Creditsdisclimer and feed-in tariffs. This energy plan also connects you to the Tesla Virtual Power Plant.
During the day, your solar system will be generating more electricity than needed, so we use some and store the rest in our batteries for later use in case of a cloudy day, at night, or as backup during a grid outage.
And that’s exactly how the Tesla Energy Plan works, it simply creates a Virtual Power Plant using the energy stored in Powerwall to support the grid.
To help you have a better understanding of how the Tesla Energy Plan works, we put together a few different scenarios for you:
The weather today is perfect for solar panels, it’s sunny, there are no clouds, and it’s not even hot!
Your solar system is working well and you have excess energy stored in your Tesla Powerwall.
Better than that, the weather data shows that tomorrow and the day after that are as good as today.
Under the Tesla Energy Plan, your Tesla Powerwall may send excess energy to the grid when demand for energy is high and you will receive a feed in tariff.
Worried about running out? Your Tesla Powerwall will always maintain a backup of 20%, so you never run out of charge, even during blackouts.
Unfortunately, there are clouds in the sky blocking sunlight and your solar only just generated enough energy to power your home.
In this scenario, you don’t have any excess energy and your Tesla Powerwall will most likely hold this energy instead of selling it back to the grid or use low cost energy from the grid to offset any peak usage, helping you to avoid peak demand pricing should there be a shortfall in your solar production.
On the Tesla Energy Plan, you don’t have to worry about power outages.
Tesla Powerwall will ensure you have a 20% back-up reservoir that will keep your energy intensive appliances running for 2-4 hours, which is generally more than enough time for your power to come back on.
Joining the Tesla Energy Plan will make sure you are getting the most out of your solar and battery-system.
The Tesla Energy Plan offers customers access to competitive and flexible rates, monthly Grid Support Creditsdisclimer and feed-in tariffs. In order to join the Tesla Energy Plan, you must own (or have purchased) a Powerwall and consent to the Powerwall being a part of the Tesla Virtual Power Plant.
During peak hours, when the energy rates are at their highest, Powerwall will either use excess solar or stored low-cost energy from your Powerwall to reduce your exposure to peak energy pricing.
All this is done automatically using Tesla’s integrated monitoring software that will analyses your energy usage patterns to know when and how much energy you can sell to generate the most profit.
Further, when you join the Tesla Energy Plan, you get a $220 (incl GST) in annual Grid Support Creditsdisclimer (calculated daily and applied to your bill monthly) that are used to offset your energy bill, maximising your profit even more.
Tesla Powerwalls not on Tesla Energy Plan have a, 10 year hardware warranty with 70% energy retention.
However, Tesla Energy Plan, extends the standard warranty by 5 years for new Powerwalls purchased with the Tesla Energy Plan, with an unlimited Powerwall cycle count for normal usage.
That’s 15 yearsdisclimer of bankable energy savings!
|Tesla Powerwall||70% at the end of year 10 and 60% at the end of year 15 (Tesla Energy Plan)|
|sonnenBatterie||70% after 10 years|
|LG CHEM||60% after 10 years|
|Alpha ESS||60% after 10 years|
On the Tesla Energy Plan, you will always have minimum 20% back up reserve to ensure you have the energy to keep your essentials running during a grid outage.
Tesla will automatically give priority to your home’s critical backup loads, like your home’s main breaker and any appliances that keep your food safe.
So, no matter what happens to the grid (even if there is a blackout), you will always be able to turn on lights, watch TV and cook dinner. Further, to protect your battery from degradation, your Powerwall will be capped at 50 discharge cycles per year*.
If you answered YES to these three questions, then congratulations!
You’re eligible to join Tesla Energy Plan.
Unfortunately, the Tesla Energy Plan is only available to residential customers at the moment.
Yes, both owners and renters can join the program.
However, in the case of renters, you must have proof of approval from your property owner.
Yes, if you have a Tesla Powerwall 2 already installed, then you don’t have to buy a new one to join the program.
Yes, if you have 2 or more Powerwall batteries, then you can earn from all of them.
Unfortunately, the Tesla Energy Plan only supports Powerwall 2 batteries.
However, you can still benefit from the program by investing in a Powerwall 2 and enjoy the competitive energy rates in addition to solar rebates and renewable tax credits.
Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries are only available through Tesla Powerwall Certified Installers such as Natural Solar.
For more information on how Tesla Powerwall works and how much it costs, you can enquire via our contact form below.
No, you will have the same visual features.
Your app will still include Battery Percentage, Energy Usage, Power Flow, in addition to your Backup and Performance History.
However, you won’t have access to customised features such as Time-Based Control or setting your Backup Reserve.
No, import and export activity will be managed automatically by Tesla’s Intelligent Software to maximise your savings.
Yes, Natural Solar can help facilitate the switch for you once you join online.
Yes, you can cancel at anytime. There will be no impact on your Powerwall hardware, additional cancellation fees, or contract lock-ins.
However, if you purchased Powerwall with the Tesla Energy Plan you will lose your extended warranty and the flexible Time of Use tariff rates if you leave Tesla Energy Plan.
Switching to the Tesla Energy Plan from a different plan can be done within 2 business day.
However, when the switch, there is a 10 day “cooling off” period, however the transfer will occur as early as 2 business days..
After the cooling off period is over, Energy Locals will arrange a time to install the smart meter at no cost to you, should you live in South Australia and require the installation of a smart meter.
In Victoria, a smart meter is a requirement for joining the Tesla Energy Plan.
Energy locals are Tesla’s authorised retailer for their Virtual Power Plant in Australia.
Energy Locals takes care of billing and customer enquiries for Tesla Energy Plan.
Energy Locals are the Green Energy Retailer of the year and share the same goal of creating a more sustainable future as Tesla.
If you are eligible for the Tesla Energy Plan, fill out the contact form below and
we’ll help you with the account setup, billing & assist with any paperwork required.
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These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes a general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on Energy Locals Time of Use Tariff – (TOU – Peak, Off-Peak & Solar Sponge).
The reference price is set by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) for a financial year in relation to electricity supply to residential customers in the distribution region and is based on an assumed annual usage amount. Any difference between the reference price and the unconditional price of a plan is expressed as a percentage more or less than the reference price. The terms of any conditional discounts are shown, along with any further difference between the reference price and the discount applied if a condition is met, expressed as a percentage more or less than the reference price.