Tesla Energy Expanding in China
Tesla has combined its solar roof and PowerWall products into a bundle that has to be purchased together. We recently reported of someone who had several PowerWalls installed in their garage along with a solar roof. This person even gets paid for excess energy sent back to the grid!
Tesla's energy products, including its solar roof and PowerWall have been available in limited markets. But, an expansion into China signifies that Tesla is getting ready for global expansion. China is huge. Just based on population alone, this is a great opportunity for Tesla if it can execute and sell its energy products to even a small portion of the Chinese population.
What is PowerWall and MegaPack?
PowerWall is Tesla's energy storage product. A PowerWall has batteries that capture energy - typically from a solar roof, which is then stored in the PowerWall. The user mentioned above had 7 PowerWalls in their garage.
MegaPack is like a series of packed together PowerWalls which include battery modules, bi-directional inverters, thermal management, an AC main breaker, and other controls. The thermal management portion is on top of each MegaPack.
MegaPack is typically a setup used for very large scale energy storage, which is done when a large number of people or an entire factory need to be supported for energy. This was done recently in Texas and its possible a Giga factory could be built in Texas as well to support the large scale energy needs and grid support ther.
Energy Business Potential in China
China is over 4 times as populous as the United States. I think the potential for the energy business in China could dwarf the auto business. Imagine if just 5% of the Chinese population was using PowerWall and solar roof. That would be about 70 million people. If each of those people got a loan for around $20,000 for their setup (which is lower than what most energy setups are at Tesla - I've seen them average about $30,000), that would be $140,000,000,000. That's $140 billion worth of energy sales in China with just 5% of the population adopting Tesla energy. Wow.
I also have no doubt that the battery factory being built near Giga Shanghai is going to assist Tesla in its energy business. The big question is will there be regulation in China that slows Teslas progress in expanding its energy business?
Tesla is beginning to expand its energy business in China. With such a large market, how big can it get? Will China regulations stop Tesla from expanding as much as it wants to?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.