Origin begins selling Tesla Powerwall batteries

Origin has been offering the hotly-anticipated Tesla Powerwall from December, with installation expected to commence this February.

The company’s chief executive officer energy markets Frank Calabria said by offering rooftop solar with home batteries, Origin is able to provide households with greater control over their energy use.

“Customers can now also make their investment in solar work harder, as excess electricity produced during the day can be stored for use at a later time when the solar panels do not produce electricity,” he said.

“Tesla Energy has quickly established itself as a global leader in battery storage, so we are delighted to be collaborating on Origin’s first solar and battery offering.”

Origin is bundling the Tesla Powerwall with Trina solar panels and the Solar Edge inverter as part of a home energy solution. The Solar Edge inverter uses solar optimisers on each panel to deliver improved system performance and has been approved by Tesla Energy for pairing with the Powerwall.

“Home batteries will not be for everyone at this early stage, but with more than
80 per cent of solar PV owners in a recent survey indicating they would consider buying a home battery, Origin is ideally placed to help consumers find the right solution for them with our end-to-end offering,” Mr Calabria said.

“We are confident there will be early adopters very interested in taking up an Origin solar and battery package.”

Ahead of the Powerwall’s release in Australia, Tesla has already established a leadership position with a survey commissioned by Origin revealing almost one third of Australians are aware of Tesla’s home battery solutions – more than twice the recognition of some other brands.