Tesla’s new virtual power plant lets Texans sell electricity back to the grid

This is a rancher home with two car garage, and has a shiny roof because it’s actually solar panels (but look like shingles). A red Tesla is parked in the driveway and a power wall battery pack and wall connector charger are installed outside the garage for some reason. The area is grassy and open, very Texas looking.
This home with a Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall could be an ideal candidate for the new Tesla Energy service. | Image: Tesla

Tesla launched a new power utility provider service in Texas this week that lets select locals with home Powerwall backup batteries sell excess energy back to the grid. To qualify, residents must live in areas that allow for retail choice — Tesla’s site mentions the Dallas and Houston metro areas specifically — and, for now, will need to wait for an invitation to join through the Tesla app.

Those who join the new Tesla Electric service will become part of an automated system that sells energy from owners’ Powerwalls to the grid and vice-versa when most viable. And when pulling from the grid, Tesla provides offsets from renewable energy sources.

Image: Tesla

The Tesla app with the new Electric service.

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Author: Umar Shakir