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First Tesla Energy Powerwall Installed in New Zealand

May 17, 2016 03:57 AM EDT
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Tesla Energy is revolutionizing how people use power at home. They introduced the Powerwall which is 100 percent powered by solar panels to cut electric bills.
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Tesla has ventured into renewable residential battery systems and they now produced renewable energy battery for home and school use.

In New Zealand, Vector and the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust (AECT) introduced the first Tesla Powerwall. Energy Minister Simon Bridges inaugurated the Future of Energy Campaign by turning on the new era of battery installed at Otara's Rongomai School.


The battery looks like a huge lamp and it is entirely charged using solar panels. The powerwall is capable of storing and supplying energy even after sundown.

"We now have an amazing opportunity to genuinely teach the kids and school community about the broader principles of sustainability and the role technology plays," said class teacher, Nicholas Pattison in an interview with Newshub.

Vector, Tesla's partner in bringing the Powerwall in New Zealand is an energy and gas distributor in New Zealand. Vector believes that Tesla's batteries are one of a kind. "As the largest and most cost effective battery provider in the world, Tesla Energy is the ideal partner and will help us revolutionise the way customers consume energy" said Vector in their website.

Vector wanted to explore the solar energy management systems and to provide a backup power supply in their area.

"They'll be learning and Vector will be too, as this campaign is providing us with invaluable insights as we continue to develop next-generation battery and energy solutions" said Simon Mackenzie, Vector chief executive.


Meanwhile, the energy sector in the country believes that Tesla's sustainable energy source can drastically lower electric bills.  

"The school's new Vector solar power and Tesla Powerwall battery systems will certainly make a significant difference to their power bills and allow their buildings to become more sustainable as they harness the power of the sun" said AECT chairman William Cairns in an interview.

Tesla has already introduced the Powerwall residential batteries in Australia, Europe, Europe, US and now in New Zealand, according to a report by TCC.

The powerwall installed in Rongomai School has 3kw vector solar panels. Vector, AECT and Tesla will distribute the technology through the 'Future of Energy' campaign to 130 communities, households and schools.


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