- Elon Musk said Tesla will only sell its solar-panel products with its Powerwall storage battery.
- On Twitter, a customer said their panels hadn’t generated a “single watt-hour” since January.
- Musk said in January the company was working on integrating Powerwall with its solar products.
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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, is going to shake up the way the company sells its solar panels.
In a tweet late on Wednesday, Musk said that from next week, all sales of the company’s solar-energy products will come with its energy-storage battery Powerwall.
“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,” he said in a follow-up tweet.
Bloomberg reported that the announcement followed a complaint from Brett Winton, the director of research at Ark Investment Management, that his Tesla solar panels hadn’t generated a “single watt-hour” since they were installed in January because he was waiting on his utility to approve the connection.
After Musk asked Winton if he had Powerwall, he replied: “Hmm. Yes have powerwall. Everything right now is switched off; just awaiting LADWP,” that is, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
—Brett Winton (@wintonARK) April 21, 2021
Musk’s decision hasn’t come entirely out of the blue. He said during Tesla’s fourth-quarter earnings call in January that the company was focusing on integrating Powerwall with its solar division.
It also comes a week after numerous customers waiting for installations of Tesla’s Solar Roof product reported receiving new contracts that increased the price of installation by as much as 70%. It’s not yet clear whether including Powerwall in all sales of Tesla’s solar products will increase the price. Tesla did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for clarification.
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