SolarCity Shuns Tesla’s New Powerwall Batteries

Just last week, innovative entrepreneur Elon Musk introduced what is expected to be the next wave of products in the solar-power revolution: Tesla Motors Inc TSLA 2.76%‘s Powerwall home battery line. However, according to a new report by Bloomberg, the new Tesla batteries have a major problem: they don’t work well with rooftop solar panels.

Shunned By SolarCity

Musk himself serves as chairman of SolarCity Corp SCTY 1.28%, the largest U.S. solar panel installer. However, SolarCity has decided not to install Tesla’s 7kWh Powerwall battery optimized for daily use.

SolarCity spokesman Jonathan Bass explained that the new battery “doesn’t really make financial sense” to install because of current U.S. regulations allowing current solar customers to sell extra electricity back to the grid.

The Numbers

SolarCity customers can currently buy a Tesla battery outright for $7,140, but the return on the investment is minimal. A single battery puts out only 2 kilowatts of continuous power, a supply that could be maxed out by a single vacuum cleaner or microwave oven.

Tesla anticipated the need for more power and designed the new Powerwall batteries so that they can be easily stacked. Unfortunately for consumers, SolarCity offers no discount for multiple batteries. In other words, for customers to generate the same 16 kilowatts of continuous power that a $3,700 Generac generator produces, they would have to lease eight Tesla batteries at a cost of $45,000 for nine years.

Laying A Foundation

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Tesla will likely be making very little profit, if any, on Powerwall batteries in the near future. For now, the batteries will serve more as a luxury item for consumers rather than a practical economic energy solution.

However, both Tesla and SolarCity are likely more concerned with laying the foundation for the future of the energy industry than with short-term profits. The next step in the energy revolution will take place when Tesla opens its new $5 billion battery factory in Nevada as soon as next year.

Read this article and all my other articles for free on Benzinga by clicking here

Want to learn more about the stock market? Or maybe you just want to be able to look sophisticated in front of your coworkers when they ask you what you are reading on your Kindle, and you’d prefer to tell them “Oh, I’m just reading a book about stock market analysis,” rather than the usual “Oh, I’m just looking at pics of my ex-girlfriend on Facebook.” For these reasons and more, check out my book, Beating Wall Street with Common SenseI don’t have a degree in finance; I have a degree in neuroscience. You don’t have to predict what stocks will do if you can predict what traders will do and be one step ahead of them. I made a 400% return in the stock market over five years using only basic principles of psychology and common sense. Beating Wall Street with Common Sense is now available on Amazon, and is always available on your local internet!