Tesla partners with PG&E on VPP program in California. Tesla has partnered with PG&E on a new program that will see Powerwall batteries used to send electricity back into the grid. The Virtual Power Plant (VPP) program will use Tesla’s home battery storage units to help handle times of high demand and make the grid more reliable. Both Tesla and PG&E will benefit from this big change. They could make it easier for people to buy battery storage units for their homes.
Tesla and PG&E are starting a program called a virtual power plant (VPP) that will let Powerwall owners send electricity to the grid. Owners of Powerwalls will pay to take part.
When there are power outages or emergencies, the network of home batteries can help keep the grid running. Tesla said that the VPP will use when CAISO issues an energy alert or emergency.
Tesla partners with PG&E on VPP Program
Although the VPP program is still in its infancy. Tesla and PG&E are already collaborating to determine which customers could interesting in participating in the program.
- Visit Tesla’s website if you are a PG&E customer who is interested in VPP.
- We will continue to follow this story as it develops.
- This is a big step forward for home battery storage units and their potential adoption rate.
- It’ll be interesting to see how many
In the California VPP program, Tesla Powerwall owners will get $2 for every kWh they send back to the grid. This should make more Tesla Powerwall users want to join, since VPP programs used to be optional and didn’t offer many benefits.
In Texas, Tesla paid for a campaign to show ERCOT that a virtual power plant is a good way to get energy. As a “thank you,” Texas Powerwall owners who took part got a $40 Tesla gift card.
Many Powerwall owners may join California’s VPP if they get money for doing so. Tesla thinks this might be the case, saying that the program, with more than 50,000 Powerwalls, could become the largest distributed battery on the market.
Homeowners can sign up for the California VPP program through Tesla’s app for smartphones. At the end of the year, PG&E will use Powerwall data to figure out how much money to give homeowners. By March 2023, Tesla would have to pay.