Posts about Tesla Energy
"South Australia's big Tesla battery sued for not helping during Queensland coal power station failure"
When called upon, the Tesla Mega-Pack failed to deliver. No word on why. I recall this is the Battery Storage site which caught on fire in the past.
PG&E's Tesla "Elkhorn" Battery storage in Moss Landing, CA is said to be up and running normally as of June 6, but an adjacent facility is still down after experiencing unexpected problems (fires and such).
"Tesla’s Energy business is seeing strong demand, translating into an overall gross profit record in the second quarter of 2022. Leading the way was their solar division, which saw its strongest quarter in over four years...."
High water should bring up all boats, including SIRC.https://i.redd.it/806tb2btqwc91.png
Has anyone gone through an arbitration with Tesla Energy? I just opened a case and would love to hear anyones experiences. The more I learn about Tesla the more it confirms what a garbage company it is. Not one person there takes responsibility.
Yet another post about proceeding with extreme caution when signing up for Tesla Solar, especially in Los Angeles.
I’ve been browsing the subreddit for years and felt like my experience with owning a Tesla car since 2018 and researching every detail before pulling the trigger for Solar panels would set me up for success…I was partially right.
Initially 8.16kw system + 2x PowerWalls (Hanwha 340W). Then Changed to 6.12kw + 3x Powerwalls on install day.
May 12, 2021 - Ordered
May 20, 2021 - First Design plans
June 29, 2021 - Home Assessment
July 2, 2021 - Second Design plans
September 15, 2021- installation Day
November 9, 2021 - Passed LA City inspection.
TBD - PTO
Here’s the Good:
The Product is great.
The installation team is spectacular, especially in Los Angeles.
Price Per KwH, as we all know by now, can’t be beat.
Here’s the Bad:
Terrible communication from Advisor and Design team.
Home Assessment was done wrong. Had to change panel layout on installation day; lost 6/7 panels ~25% capacity
LADWP / Los Angeles City restrictions are brutal (PowerWalls must be 3ft apart and 5ft from windows/Doors, no stacking). No approval on PowerWall+.
Here’s the long story:
June 29th 2021 - Tesla Site Surveyor, came to my house to confirm measurements and check out the integrity of the roof.
August 3rd- Advisor and I talk on the phone, we talk over my plans and confirm that LA city doesn’t allow power wall +, but that my solar array is big enough that although having a Powerwall + would be ideal, it won’t have any impact on my experience.
August 27th - After reading up on everything I can find about the installation and the hardware; I feel confident that things are looking good and we’re good to go! The Tesla app is updated, I read about the benefits of having a backup switch and call to confirm that I will indeed have a backup switch.
September 15th- Install day! The Team shows up right on time and could not have been more professional. They inform me that ~3 weeks ago LA City made some sweeping changes to solar/battery regulations and that we should go over the plans. The initial plans for Powerwall placement are a no go. On the spot they redesign the whole system, we move everything around and find the best placement for everything. I compromise half of the useable room in my garage since power walls can only be placed 3ft apart and 5ft from any windows (in LA everything has a window!). Regardless I feel good, their concise plan and unwillingness to give up made me ok with the needed changes. They have to run all of this by someone at the design team, they spend over an hour on the phone trying to get this all sorted out. While on the phone the Solar Panel team shows up; again professional and friendly. After about 20 min. Solar Panels boss comes back to tell me that the measurements are all wrong and the top row (I believe 6 panels) won’t fit. I’m now also informed I’ll need to drywall and “finish” my garage ceiling in order for me to install power wall there. I hate surprises, especially when I have to pay for them. We come up with a plan, everyone on the phone seems happy and the teams get to work.
Since the teams lost about 2 hours re-doing all the design work they run late and have to finish the next time. Honestly not a problem, I would much rather have a happy well-rested team than someone who is exhausted and starts making mistakes.
September 16th- Install day 2. They finish up the work and we are up and running. He informs me that the design team let him know that there needs to be an extra breaker for the power walls, they can install it quickly on Friday 24th. I was happy that they were all over it and didn’t need me to schedule a service call. I foolishly think to myself that if thats the last hurdle, so be it...
September 17th - I get a text message from my advisor saying that the backup switch that was approved and installed is in fact not approved by LA and has to be replaced. This will probably mean redesigning the placement and undoing a lot of the work for the Gateway and Inverter…
September 18th, I send a long email to my advisor filling him into the issues with this install. No Response. The install team assures me that the backup switch is installed all over LA and should’t be a problem. I figure I have nothing to loose, it if fails inspection I’ll be contacted by my advisor again and we can figure something out then.
November 9, 2021 - Passed LA City inspection. No issues.
Dec 1st, 2021 - Get a bill from LADWP for over 1700kwh of usage. Even though my Tesla app says I’ve only used about 680kwh from the grid these past 2 months…. Send this data to my email and will follow up on the phone if I dont hear back soon…. Another $429 out the window.
At this point my biggest mistake was NOT sending everyone home on install day and starting over These installs have a lot of moving parts and need to be properly scrutinized, something Tesla’s team can’t do well right now. I should have waited it out but the excitement got the best of me. Spent $3,500 to finish the garage ceiling, and another $2,900 upgrading to 3 power walls after learning I would be short 6 panels (thinking I could bank more power in the summer and still get close to 100% offset)
I would not recommend Tesla Solar to anyone. It’s a part time job managing them and unlike the car, I have yet to see the benefits of my headaches.
TLDR: Los Angeles Doesn’t make it easy for Solar. LADWP incentives are non-existent. No matter how smart you are the incompetence of Tesla will win.