In recent comments on Twitter, Elon Musk announced that Tesla’s Solar Roof and traditional solar panels would now be sold only as an integrated product with the Powerwall, the company’s popular residential battery system. Tesla would start selling the bundled residential energy products beginning next week.
In a later tweet, Musk mentioned that having an integrated solar and battery system should present some advantages, such as a more seamless installation process. The Powerwall battery would also just interface between the utility meter and the home’s main breaker panels, providing customers with backup energy just in case a power outage ensues.
Starting next week, Tesla Solar Panels & Solar Roof will only be sold as an integrated product *with* Tesla Powerwall battery
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 22, 2021
“Solar power will feed exclusively to Powerwall. Powerwall will interface only between utility meter & house main breaker panel, enabling super simple install & seamless whole house backup during utility dropouts,” Musk wrote.
The Tesla Powerwall stands as one of the most popular residential battery systems in the market, partly due to the fact that it offers the least expensive storage option on a per-kWh stored basis, as per data from EnergySage in its eleventh semiannual Solar Marketplace Intel Report. Considering that the demand for the battery has resulted in long wait times for Powerwall customers, Tesla’s decision to sell the energy storage system with solar products makes sense.