Sunny markets: Tesla plans solar roof launch in Australia and Megapack sales in Israel

Probably mainly due to the early and high subsidies, Germany, which is comparatively poor in sunshine, was still one of the countries in 2019 with the highest output of photovoltaic systems worldwide. In the meantime, however, thanks to subsidized growth in rich countries, along with wind power, the technology has become the cheapest option for generating electricity almost everywhere, so that it is used more intensively almost everywhere. In order to still guarantee a reliable supply, large storage batteries are also increasingly being used. And according to reports, Tesla now wants to be more active in two countries with particularly interesting conditions.

Tesla solar roof soon in Australia?

Australia is on the one hand a raw material and coal country, on the other hand one of the sunniest in the world. That is why private and industrial photovoltaic construction is increasingly gaining ground there – and Tesla made a name for itself in 2017 with its first large storage battery for the power grid. In its time it was the largest in the world and was later expanded again by 50 percent. The partner Neoen has just been awarded the contract for a battery park that is about twice as powerful in the country, which is also to be implemented with Tesla storage systems.

In addition, Tesla’s photovoltaic product Solar Roof is to be launched in Australia. These roof tiles with integrated solar modules are currently only available in the USA, and even there only in some regions. But CEO Elon Musk calls it Tesla’s next killer product. And according to a local report, Australia could become the first overseas market for the solar roof.

The construction group CSR expects strong growth for its building services subsidiary Bradford through its association with Tesla, reported the publication Australian Financial Review last week. The US company is currently preparing the launch of the Solar Roof in Australia. Tests and approval by the authorities are still required for this. This process is now about halfway through, according to the report.

Energy division now active in Israel

And Tesla is now apparently targeting yet another sunny electricity market with particularly favorable conditions – not on the generation side, but on the storage side. Tesla’s energy division has started operations in Israel and is preparing to participate in several large tenders for storage parks, reports the local publication Globes. Talks with private companies about the installation of Megapack batteries are already at an advanced stage.

Israel is one of the countries that relied on photovoltaics at an early stage – and thanks to a lot of sun, it also delivers high yields here. By 2030, 30 percent of the country’s total electricity needs are to be covered by renewable sources. The need for storage is correspondingly high by then: According to a report by Energy Storage, the head of the local energy authority put it at 2 gigawatt hours of output with 8 gigawatt hours of capacity. Tesla is likely to try to get a decent piece of this cake – as is the case with its electric cars, which are preferably delivered to countries that are currently offering a particularly favorable environment.


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