Tesla’s Powerwall: Helping Solar Achieve Escape Velocity

As April expired, Elon Musk set off shockwaves with the announcement of Tesla Energy. They have yet to subside, and likely never will, as long as utilities are still powered by globally warming fossil fuels.

“The response has been overwhelming, OK? Like, crazy,” Musk explained in Tesla’s first-quarter earnings call in early May, which, although it was anchored by welcome electric-vehicle news, was nevertheless dominated by questions about Tesla Energy’s game-changing Powerwall and Powerpack solar storage line.

“In the course of, like, less than a week, we’ve had 38,000 reservations for the Powerwall and 2,500 reservations for the Powerpack, [which] it should be noted, is typically bought by utilities or large companies for heavy industrial work,” Musk said. “There’s no way that we could possibly satisfy this demand this year; we’re basically sold out through the middle of next year, in the first week. It was just crazy.”

“We had 2,500 requests from companies that want to distribute and install the Powerwall and Powerpack; we can’t even respond to them,” Musk added. “We have to triage our response to those who want to be a distributor. So it’s, like, crazy off-the-hook, and it seems to have gone super viral.”


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