Rather than relying exclusively on the power grid and running up high energy bills, merri green+ is one of the first multi residential project in Australia to partner with Bradford Solar* and Tesla Energy to introduce Powerwall battery units to store solar energy in their townhouses. The townhouses will have their own Tesla Powerwalls and Solar PV system.
While solar panels represent a good energy source, especially in Australia, the problem is that excess power generated goes back to the grid and is purchased back from the energy retailers at a premium retail price, if you run out. At merri green+ Bradford* solar panels will be combined with Tesla Powerwall home batteries to store the solar energy harvested by these panels, allowing excess energy to be used as and when needed. Further innovation and advanced technology allows for the creation of a microgrid embedded network within the development which will distribute the stored energy as required, further lowering power bills and reliance on power companies.
As a backup, if the battery units run out of energy, the batteries are able to draw energy from the grid, re-charging during (cheaper) off-peak hours.
Those thinking about battery-operated electrical cars will also appreciate the foresight of such highly innovative features. As well as reducing energy costs, the Tesla system, combined with the solar panels, delivers a cleaner, greener and more sustainable form of energy.