Tesla Powerwall Installation
The Tesla Powerwall is the premier solar energy battery backup solution for both residential and commercial solar installations. It provides you with the ability to capture the energy from your solar system and store it for use later, so you can gather energy during optimal sunlight hours that will be available for you during peak power usage times later in the evening.
Clean Energy And Energy Security
The decision to go solar for homeowners or commercial buildings is often because you want:
- Cleaner energy from a renewable source and a lower carbon footprint
- Energy security so you don’t have to rely on the local power grid for your energy
Whether you are going solar for one or both of those reasons, the Tesla Powerwall battery backup is the ideal solution. With a 14 kilowatt-hour (kWh) storage capacity and 13.5 kWh of usable energy, it’s offers the most battery backup capacity on the market today. An average home uses about 28 kWh of energy each day, so the Powerwall can easily meet most home’s power needs after the sun goes down.
For homes that require more energy or commercial buildings, the Powerwall is designed as a modular system, allowing you to install as many batteries as needed for your energy requirements. Tesla Powerwall batteries also come with a 10-year warranty and qualify for existing state and federal tax credits, which can help offset the initial cost.
Complete Energy Management Solution
In addition to the battery backup, the Tesla Powerwall comes with a Tesla Gateway and built-in battery inverter. It offers monitoring, metering, and management for your entire system, learning your energy usage patterns over time to optimize storage and usage rates. The convenient mobile app gives you the ability to monitor things like:
The Powerwall is even designed to automatically disconnect from the local power grid in the event of a power outage. Many local power companies will require that your solar panels shut down during an outage, so disconnecting can allow your system to continue generating energy during a daytime outage. The time between the system detecting an outage and bringing your power back online is just fractions of a second, which is much faster than a typical backup generator.
Getting the Tesla Powerwall is simple and easy.
Some homes will need upgrades to the main electrical panel, and our experienced team can let you know if that will be the case for your home. Once installed, you’ll have full visibility into the system through the app and can start conserving energy, reducing your carbon footprint, and be more energy self-sufficient.
Intermountain Wind and Solar will come and connect the Powerwall battery backup, along with the Backup Gateway, to your home’s main electrical panel.
Call Intermountain Wind and Solar today to learn more about the benefits of a Tesla Powerwall battery backup for your solar system, and schedule an installation.
Can You Get Tesla Solar Panels for Free?
With a mission to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” Tesla has been a major player in the rooftop solar industry since 2016.
During that time, Tesla has offered a handful of leasing, renting, and financing options to reduce the solar panel cost barrier and increase adoption of its home solar and battery systems. Somewhere along the way, rumors sprung up that the company was offering free solar panels.
In this article, we’ll debunk the myth that homeowners can get free solar and battery equipment from Tesla and explore its origins.
Is Tesla solar free?
There’s no sense in beating around the bush: No, neither Elon Musk nor Tesla are giving away solar products for free,
In fact, it’s pretty easy to pinpoint where this misinformation began. In February 2023, at least two pages – operating under the names Solar Panel Rate and Adam Andersson – started running ads claiming that Elon Musk and/or Tesla was not only giving away free solar systems, but paying a certain amount of people to install and test new solar technology.
These claims have been debunked by Reuters and Lead Stories, a third-party fact checker for Both instances are believed to be schemes for collecting personal information from social media users.
The Solar Panel Rate post mimicked a live breaking news broadcast that claimed Elon Musk was paying 100 homeowners to test free Tesla Home Technology. When clicked, it directed users to a website where they are asked to input their zip code to see if they qualify.
According to the transparency report, the Solar Panel Rate page was created in October 2022 and is run by three page managers located in Indonesia. It had, at one time, 31 separate ads featuring the fake news broadcast.
Adam Andersson had several false ads circulating, including a staged “Dox News” broadcast featuring Elon Musk’s face and claims that homeowners are getting paid 2,591 to test solar technology as part of the the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
These are not the first or only bogus social media ads for free solar panels, nor will they be the last.
Solar incentives vs free solar panels
It’s worth noting that the Inflation Reduction Act did strengthen the 30% solar tax credit and other home electrification incentives. However, there is a big difference between incentives that reduce solar panel cost and giving away “free solar panels.”
There are also solar incentives offered through local governments and utility providers that can reduce the cost of solar. However, only a small number of niche programs for low-income and underserved communities cover the cost of solar entirely.
Is the Tesla Powerwall really free?
There’s another myth floating around the internet (especially YouTube) that homeowners can get a free Tesla Powerwall. This too is false: The Powerwall is not free, and neither Elon Musk nor Tesla are giving them away.
However, this myth is based more in reality than the free solar panels scam. That’s because, in the past, Tesla actually has given away free Powerwalls in two different ways.
First, in previous versions of Tesla’s solar panel referral program it would give away one Powerwall per referrer that made 10 or more referrals. This program applies only to Tesla customers that ordered solar panels between July 15, 2020 and September 17, 2021.
Second, Tesla offered free Powerwalls to Solar Roof customers that experienced sudden price increases in 2021 in an attempt to prevent them from canceling their contracts. This was a very niche scenario and, in many cases, the value of the Powerwall was less than the price increase of the Solar Roof.
Finally, it is possible for eligible Californian’s to use the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) rebate to cover part or all of the cost of buying home battery storage, including the Tesla Powerwall.
This rebate is worth up to 1,000 per kilowatt-hour of battery storage installed for homeowners that meet certain criteria, such as living in a Tier 2 or 3 firezone and having a life-threatening condition that requires a qualifying medical device. So, in theory, a 13.5 kWh Powerwall 2 could qualify for a 13,500 rebate which may or may not cover the entire cost of the battery and installation.
Does that mean Tesla is giving away free Powerwalls? No. Because the SGIP rebate applies to many brands of energy storage systems and is distributed through a government program.
The bottom line
As a rule of thumb, Tesla does not give away free products. And if it did, it probably would not recruit random pages and YouTubers to distribute such promotions.
There countless ads and scams promising free solar panels on the internet, and if you haven’t seen one yet, you certainly will after reading this article.
Some of these scams, like the ones mentioned above, are designed to collect and sell your information. Others twist the truth about government incentives to lure homeowners into signing lengthy solar lease agreements that aren’t as favorable as owning the system.
The best way to avoid free solar scams is to get multiple quotes from solar companies with good standing in your community. By comparing multiple quotes, you’ll get a sense of a fair price and easily be able to weed out scams.
My Tesla Solar Panels Review 2023: Are They Worth It?
I recently bought and installed two large Tesla solar power systems including several Tesla batteries. The experience was eye-opening to say the least, which is why I think real Tesla solar panel reviews are so important.
Most Tesla solar panel reviews that appear on the first page of Google aren’t real reviews at all—they’re written by commerce editors trying to nail some good SEO for their magazines. I know, because I’m a professional commerce editor. In this case, I happen to actually own two very real Tesla solar panel systems and can offer the most genuine feedback.
TL;DR: I would do it again—Tesla panels are good, but there are lots of things you should know.
How I chose Tesla solar panels
I live in Woodstock, NY and own rental properties in other nearby towns. After experiencing a major ice storm last winter with power down for several days, I realized I either needed a whole house generator or an alternate, renewable energy source that would make me less reliant on the grid.
Up in this part of New York State, we have well water. That means everything from our sinks to our toilets are useless when the power goes out. I can handle some time without internet and lights, but I draw the line at plumbing. I must have indoor plumbing. So I priced out whole house generators from companies in nearby Kingston, further up in Tannersville and all the big-box stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s. Each house would cost me about 10,000 plus I’d be stuck with ongoing propane expenses and maintenance fees.
I hated the idea of using more gas for all the obvious reasons, and generators don’t do much to increase a home’s value. As an investor, that means something to me—a lot. So I started to dig into solar power and wind. Wind was enormously appealing to me, but so few companies around here offered it and the amount of acreage required limited my options. Plus, wind power is bonkers-level expensive. Like over 125,000 per house. Nope, nope, nope!
My Tesla solar panels review
Overall, I am happy with my Tesla solar panels review and am happy I made the purchase (twice!). Despite the name brand, they’re actually a lot cheaper than the other solar options on the market. I would definitely recommend them.
There are some things to consider, though. If your property is heavily shaded by trees, you’ll need to cut several down. I personally hate cutting trees because I know how important they are, but others may hate the idea just based on the cost alone. Where I live, cutting a large tree down can cost about 3,000. Cutting several trees? Multiply that number.
Also, you’re fully beholden to the Tesla design team and what they think your roof can support. If they don’t like the angle of your home, the pitch of your roof or a number of other factors—they can limit your panels and production. That happened to me. I wanted far more panels, but they said they simply couldn’t make sense of it on my roofing.
- Easy, effortless installation
- Tesla pulls all the local permits for you
- Available financing with only 10% down
- Ability to bank enough solar power to stop paying the electric company
- Installers are kind, efficient and personable and usually come from nearby cities
- Back-up batteries act in place of house generators in case of emergencies
- Batteries promise a 10-year life
- Limited winter and cloudy day production, so it’s hard to fully go off-grid
- From the time you place an inquiry to installation can be as much as 12 weeks depending on how busy they are. For me, it took about 6 weeks.
- Customer service reps on the phone have no idea what they’re talking about and waste a lot of time and energy. I hope they fix this, because I was ready to bang my head against a wall on several occasions.
How long does it take to install Tesla solar panels?
Start to finish, panel installation takes one or two days. The exact timeframe depends on the number of panels and batteries, of course. On the blue house property below, I had more batteries and panels installed because the house itself could support more. The total time was two working days. Power was only cut off for about three hours.
On the slightly smaller property, the entire project was done in a single working day. Power was only cut for about two and a half hours. In both instances, the work crews did 100% of their work from the exterior of my home. They didn’t need interior access, which made life infinitely easier.
Installation time is probably what impressed me most in my Tesla solar panels review. The work teams came like a small, well-oiled army ready to tackle their tasks quickly and efficiently. They were also extremely nice and answered the endless stream of questions I had.
Whoever runs the Tesla installation recruitment team, my hat is off to you. Both teams I used (and they were separate because they service different counties) were excellent.
Do Tesla solar panels generate enough electricity to go off-grid?
Not exactly, but the panels promise the probability of never paying the electric company again. I’ll explain.
You can see from this screenshot of my Tesla solar app that I easily generate more energy than I need on sunny mornings. In the shorter, cloudier days of winter I definitely am not generating enough power to go fully off grid. But that’s not really the point, is it?
People who get Tesla solar panels hope they’re spring/summer/fall panel production will offer such a robust collection of power to send back to the grid that by winter they’ll have enough banked to get them through. And that’s really the plan for my home, too.
My homes use an enormous amount of energy thanks to renters coming and going, hot tubs working in sub-freezing temperatures and geothermal heating systems. I still cover about 50% of my power needs from these solar panels in the winter, and that’s saying something for the gray, murky skies of Upstate New York.
After the winter solstice passes, I expect each day to be a little better with more generous power production. From what I understand, these homes should be fully self-powered by sometime in April. By June they’ll be making so much power that I’ll be storing it for the winter the way squirrels save nuts.
And yeah, I’m excited for it.
Do Tesla solar roofs and panels generate electricity when covered in snow?
I knew I couldn’t write a proper Tesla solar panel review without waiting for a few snowfalls to determine how much energy they might generate when covered. The bad news is that Tesla roof tiles and panels generate hardly anything when covered with snow. To make matters worse, snowy days are often cloudy days. That means you lose power production on two ends.
To help keep my panels clear, I bought this cheap telescoping roof brush. Though it doesn’t do much to combat clouds in the sky, it quickly cleans off most light and moderate snow accumulation so you can get back to generating at least some power.
How much do Tesla solar panels cost?
For one of my properties, I chose to maximize the roof with as many panels as Tesla’s team would approve me for plus two exterior wall-mounted batteries that I use in place of a generator. The entire setup, which serves my roughly 3,000-square foot home with a pool heater and a hot tub, cost me about 63,000. My monthly payment is about 630.
Tesla offers 10-year financing for those who qualify, with a required 10% down payment after your panels are installed. And yes, they run a minor credit check on you to make sure you’re good for the money.
It should be noted that Tesla solar panel installations are mapped out and then priced by the amount of panels you need and how many batteries you choose. That means you can’t exactly order off a menu—the company tells you what your roof can handle. And truthfully, it’s the batteries that cost the most.
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How Much Do Tesla Solar Panels Cost For Your Home
A top EV car maker, Tesla is understandably synonymous with renewable technology. But its eco-friendly product line is not limited to cars as Tesla also offers solar panels. Knowing Tesla’s high-end luxury status, it’s natural to wonder, how much do Tesla solar panels cost for your home?
Solar panels are a major investment, so it makes sense to do your research. You’re not only paying for the solar panel itself, but you must also account for racking equipment, performance monitoring equipment, and inverters. Plus, you might want to purchase an energy store system too.
How much does all of this cost? Our handy guide will provide you with the answers.
A Brief History of Tesla Solar Panels
Tesla first ventured into the solar panel industry by acquiring SolarCity in 2016. The company aimed to streamline battery storage and solar panel manufacturing. Although Tesa successfully retained SolarCity’s marketing infrastructure and sales, it could not produce solar panels per demand.
That’s when Tesla partnered with Panasonic in its NewYork gigafactory. Panasonic provided solar cells for Tesla’s solar roof tiles and panels in this partnership. The collaboration allowed Tesla to substantially reduce its manufacturing costs and eventually lower the cost of its solar products.
But this partnership came to an end in 2020 due to low product demand from Tesla. Panasonic still produces solar batteries for the company’s electric vehicles and Tesla Powerwalls. But the solar cell side of the partnership has ended.
Tesla then started getting third-party-manufactured solar panels from companies like Q Cells, a Korean solar giant. Later, Tesla introduced two lines of self-manufacturer solar panels for residential spaces.
Currently, there are two Tesla solar panel lines for residential installation, namely the S-series and the H-series. Check out their specifications and performance warranties in the table below.
|Solar Panel Model||Power Output||Efficiency||Product Warranty||Performance Warranty (25-year)|
|Tesla T395H||395W||20.1%||25 years||86%|
|Tesla T400H||400W||20.4%||25 years||86%|
|Tesla T405H||405W||20.6%||25 years||86%|
|Tesla T420S||420W||19.3%||25 years||86%|
|Tesla T425S||425W||19.6%||25 years||86%|
|Tesla T430S||430W||19.8%||25 years||86%|
The federal government introduced Investment Tax Credit (ITC) in 2006 to give tax relief to those who invest in solar energy systems. Homeowners that buy a solar energy system get a Federal Solar Tax Credit. They can use this credit on their federal income taxes to reduce their total liability.
In 2021, this tax credit was 26%, but it has been increased to 30%. The federal tax credit covers 30% of the following:
- Solar equipment costs, such as mounting hardware, wiring, and inverters
- Solar panel costs
- Labor costs
- Inspection and permitting fees
- Storage equipment costs (for batteries with at least 3kWh capacity rating)
Besides federal incentives, you may also get state incentives. Check the State Incentives for Renewables Efficiency database to learn more. Some states also offer upfront rebates when you install a solar power system. However, these rebates may only be available as long as the state has funds.
You should check your state’s rebates to get incentives before they run out. These rebates can lower solar panel purchase and installation costs by 10% to 20%.
Besides rebates and tax credits, you may also get other incentives. We explain them below.
- Local Utility Rebates: Some local utilities incentivize homeowners to install solar energy systems. For instance, you might get rebates on your energy bill depending on the energy production of your solar panels. Similarly, some localities offer one-time subsidies to homeowners who want to install solar energy systems.
- Tax Exemptions: Solar panel installation increases your home’s value and price. But most municipalities do not include this additional value when calculating property taxes. Some states also give you sales tax exemptions for purchasing solar panels.
- Subsidized Loans: Check if your local utility or state offers subsidized loans to finance your solar panel purchase. Some non-government organizations may also provide such loans to homeowners.
As you can see, a couple of things determine the final Tesla solar panels cost. Make sure you do your research and discuss all options with a local installer before making a final decision.
Tesla Solar Panels Cost: Financing Options
The average cost of solar panel installation is 16,000 but can be as high as 35,000. That’s a lot of money to spend upfront. Here are some financing options to cover Tesla solar panels cost.
Tesla Solar Loan
Tesla solar panel financing covers the entire cost of purchase and installation. This offer is not available for commercial, business, or trust organizations.
Plus, Tesla solar loan is only available to residents in these states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
Customers should apply for credit the day their solar panel payment is confirmed. If approved, your acceptance will be valid for 180 days. You can make payments through your phone or online.
You have to make your first payment 35 days from the PTO (Permission to Operate) date and make monthly payments on the same date from then on. Learn more here.
While paying a huge amount upfront is daunting for some, cash payments are the most beneficial. For one, you don’t have to pay interest on top of your solar panel purchase. Second, you only get federal tax incentives and rebates right away if you pay for the solar panels in cash.
Solar Leases or Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)
Some states offer PPA (Power Purchase Agreements) that allow homeowners to lease solar panels. While some PPAs have a set rate, others have a payment schedule with annual increments.
The downside to PPAs is that you do not own the solar panels; a third party does. You make payments to the third party for a set period.
Home Equity Loans
Using your home equity can help you finance Tesla solar panels. In this case, your home is the collateral for the loan. You’re only eligible if there’s enough equity in your home to get the loan amount.
Since home equity loans have single-digit APRs, they’re more affordable than personal loans. The repayment payment can range from 15 to 20 years, depending on your preference.
Tesla Solar Panels Cost vs. Tesla Solar Roofs Cost
Besides solar panels, Tesla offers solar roofs with 24/7 outage protection and a 25-year tile warranty. Because roofs have more components, such as flashing and underlayment, they cost more than solar panels.
Consumer Reports says solar roofs should typically cost 24.50 per square foot to be more cost-competitive than regular roofs. Tesla’s solar roofs meet the criteria, costing 21.85 per square foot on average.
The cost of a Tesla solar roof can vary depending on the number of solar tiles you choose. For instance, homes with higher energy needs will require more solar tiles than those with fewer needs or occupants.
Like solar panels, Tesla also has a calculator for estimating solar roof costs. Type your home address and average electricity bill in this calculator, and Tesla will give you an estimate based on your information.
Forbes estimated the cost of a 1,000-square-foot single-story roof with 6.31kW of power to be 46,425. The figure also includes 1 Powerwall. The cost of a 2,000-square-foot roof with 12.57kW power and 2 Powerwalls is 64,193.
Evidently, even the cheapest Tesla solar roof is more expensive than the company’s solar panels. As mentioned earlier, Tesla solar panels cost 20,147 to 39,441, depending on their size.
Large systems with 36 panels are cheaper than installing a whole solar roof. Even better, this price does not account for the tax incentives and rebate discounts.
Tesla Solar is an option for those switching to clean energy. Regardless of the quotes Tesla provides, you have to account for the equipment rates, incentives, and tax rebates in your state to calculate the total cost of installing a solar energy system. Costs vary depending on your location and home energy needs.
How Much Do Tesla Solar Panels Cost For Your Home FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Is Tesla Powerwall worth it?
Tesla Powerwall is a decent investment as it lets you get the most out of your solar energy system. The system stores power for usage at night.
How many solar panels are enough to power a home?
An average home requires 17 to 21 panels for enough energy production to offset their whole electric bill.
How much do Tesla solar panels cost?
Tesla solar panels cost between 20,147 to 39,441 before state and federal incentives.
Does Tesla offer a warranty for solar panels?
Tesla solar panels come with a guarantee that they will retain 80% of their power capacity for 25 years. During this period, Tesla processes customer claims and performs eligible repairs for zero labor costs.
How long do Tesla solar panels last?
Like all reputed companies, Tesla solar panels also last 25 to 30 years. You reach the break-even point for this investment at the end of about six to 10 years.
Tesla Solar Panels and Roof: Pricing and how to buy
Tesla, mostly known for its electric cars, has recently revamped its solar business with new pricing and products, like the solar roof tiles, also known as Solarglass.
In this post, we look at the pricing and how to buy those products.
Tesla Solar Panel Prices
The company has grabbed many headlines for its Solar Roof, which is a great product if you need to have your roof replaced relatively soon or are doing new construction.
However, solar panels remain the best option for most homeowners.
Commodity panels are more efficient and economical if your roof is still good for another 10 years. Adding solar panels will actually increase the life of your roof and keep it cooler.
Tesla bought its way into the rooftop solar installation business through its acquisition of SolarCity back in 2016 and over the next few years, it completely revamped the business model.
Since 2019, it is fully integrated into Tesla’s own operations and it now offers more competitive pricing and greater quality products. It has done this with a less customized, more commoditized approach.
With the new prices, Tesla’s “Small” system costs 2.44 per watt, “Medium” is 1.95 per watt, and “Large” and “Extra Large” are 1.93 per watt and 1.84 per watt, respectively.
All those are before the federal tax credit which currently is at 26% and will drop to 22% in 2021. That’s off from a high of 30% for the past few years.
The after incentives are pictured above in blue.
For example, a ‘large’ 12.2 kW system from Tesla in a California is going to cost 17,390:
With a system of this capacity, a homeowner can expect savings of more than 60,000 over 25 years, which is the time that the solar panels are under warranty.
The financial benefits will change depending on your local electricity rates, but the cost of solar has gone down enough that it is financially viable in most markets.
Outright buying the system from Tesla is ideal to optimize saving over time, but if you don’t want to have to take a loan or have a big upfront cost, you can also use Tesla’s solar subcription service starting at just 50 per month:
You are going to start saving on electricity bills right away with no upfront cost. Tesla comes to your home and installs a solar rooftop system.
All you have to pay is the monthly subscription cost, but Tesla owns the system on your roof.
How to Order
Ordering a Tesla solar installation is fairly simple.
You go through Tesla’s online configurator on the company’s website.
Tesla will take your address, your current electric bill cost, and they are going to charge 100 on your credit card:
This will get the process started toward your Tesla solar installation.
In order to reduce costs, Tesla is asking a little bit more out of homeowners ahead of an official quote and installation. They will ask to send some pictures of your house and things like your electrical panel in order to learn more about your needs.
Before or as you go through that process, you should also seek a quote from another solar company or many if you have the time.
Tesla does price matching since 2020 and you could be surprised by some local solar installers.
We suggest using our partner Understand Solar (click here) who compares many installers in your area. You enter the same information that Tesla is asking and they will match you with a top solar installer in your region who will give you a quote for free.
After having both the Tesla quote and one from another supplier, you can negotiate the best deal and decide with which company you prefer to do business before you give the green light for the installation.
Why Choose Tesla over other Solar Companies
To be honest, Tesla doesn’t really offer that many advantages over the competition when it comes to solar rooftop installations.
Other companies use similar panels, offer similar warranties, and all the same features.
Tesla has commoditized the solutions a little more than local installers, who might be able to add some extra panels or give extra options, usually at a higher price.
But one thing that I really like about Tesla’s solar system is their user interface:
Other companies have similar mobile apps to monitor your solar system, but I’m a big fan of Tesla’s design.
Some would also say that the Powerwall is also a Tesla advantage, but the company also supplies the home battery pack to many other solar installers.
There’s no major advantage to buying the Powerwall from Tesla directly. You still get the app access if you buy it from another company.
Also, if you decide to go with a Powerwall, the wait time will be greater and return on investment could be longer.
Although, if you want to protect your household against power outages and maximize your solar power, it’s a great product. Also if your local energy company offers incentives for time shifting your energy usage, you could save a lot of money by powering your house off the powerwall during peak periods.
Tesla Solar Roof
The solar roof tiles are where Tesla differentiates itself with a unique product in the solar industry.
Again, it’s not for everyone. It addresses the market of people who want residential solar power and also need a new roof relatively soon.
The solar cells are embedded into roof tiles – creating a very aesthetically pleasing roof that produces solar power:
Last year, Tesla launched version 3 of its Solar Roof tiles, which they now also call Solarglass, and it saw a significant price decrease through optimization and faster installation.
A 12.3 kW system, the same as the solar panel system quoted above, ends up costing 48,128.
It is expensive but it needs to be compared to a brand new premium roof and a 12.3 kW solar system.
The ordering process is the same as the Tesla solar panel as described below.
However, Tesla solar roof tiles are not available in as many markets as Tesla’s solar panels and lead times may be longer.
The company is still hiring and training roofers in many markets and it is expanding fast.
Tesla’s regular solar panel installations are more easily available.
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