RIPTON — Locals using Tesla’s Powerwall Battery got to test the system’s capabilities during recent storms throughout Addison County.
The cutting edge battery storage technology was used during this weekend’s severe storm to keep the lights on in towns like Lincoln, Ripton, and Hinesburg.
Green Mountain Power was the first utility in the country to receive the Powerwalls for customers. The Tesla home battery can be paired with small-scale solar such as rooftop panels to store locally generated energy, or it can be used without solar as a battery to store power from the grid.
During a storm or emergency, the battery is able to power essential parts of the home like lights, a refrigerator, and furnace. Customers can also leverage time-of-use rates to charge and discharge the battery at times that will save them money.
Jill Fraga who lives in Lincoln had her Powerwall battery provide backup power for her home for 14 hours.
“This is a game-changer for our family and will be especially important during winter storms when it’s dark and cold,” said Fraga. “Not losing power and being able to go about our lives provides stability, safety, and peace of mind.”
For other customers, in Ripton, where there was significant storm damage, the Powerwall kept the lights on for 16 hours while crews repaired damage to poles and wires and in Hinesburg the battery provided power for 2 hours through an outage.
“Storms bring so much devastation and getting power back on as safely and quickly for customers is our top priority,” said Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell. “We are so pleased to see this new technology solution being put in action for the benefit of our customers during these bad weather events.”