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Published on May 13th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


Let’s Get Straight: Tesla Powerwall DOES = $3,000

May 13th, 2015 by  

As you all know, I’ve been having a lot of fun working with a few readers to dig into the price of Tesla’s Powerwall a bit, and how it compares to competing products. However, something we’ve been assuming, and that I’ve seen all over the interwebs, is apparently wrong. The assumption has been that the $3,000 price for a Powerwall is the wholesale price.

I reached out to Treehouse this week, one of the initially listed Powerwall partners, to find out what kind of markup it would be putting on the Powerwall. I was informed that the Powerwall will actually retail at $3,000 on the site. Wow.

Tesla Treehouse

Of course, as stated previously by Tesla, most of us need an installer to hook up the Powerwall if we want to use it, and SolarCity is giving an initial estimate of $7,140 for the whole shebang, or $5,000 for a 9-year lease. But if you are a true DIYer or off-gridder, I think you must be happy to hear this news.

Also, perhaps SolarCity’s prices are a bit high (it does anticipate the price coming down in the coming few years) and perhaps other installation partners will offer a better deal.

Anyhow, next time someone argues that $3,000 is the wholesale price for the Powerwall, you can send them our way.

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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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