Tesla Powerwall Updates
If you have the Tesla Powerwall home battery, then you know what it can do: provide backup power in the event of a utility power outage, and self-power your home by storing excess solar power produced when the sun is shining and using it at night. Through the Tesla mobile app, you can monitor your solar, Tesla Powerwall and home energy usage in real time, program “time-based controls” that enable you to control when power from the battery pack charges and discharges based on the time and cost of energy, and choose various usage modes that maximize savings and efficiency.
Over time, software updates have been provided for the Tesla Powerwall that improve its performance and add functionality for both the Powerwall firmware and the Tesla mobile app. Just recently, Tesla debuted two key Tesla Powerwall updates for the mobile app:
Outage Notification: It may sound unbelievable but when there’s a grid outage, the transition to the Powerwall is so seamless that most homeowners won’t even know the power is out. To help keep owners in the loop, the Tesla app now generates push notifications not only when grid power goes out but also when it’s restored.
We recommend Powerwall owners pay attention when they get the notification that there’s an outage – they may want to get hands-on in managing their home’s power loads as long as the outage lasts.
Storm Watch Mode
Storm Watch Mode: Utility power outages are much more common when storms or severe weather occur. When heavy weather systems are detected, Storm Watch mode is triggered – with a notification to customers – and the Powerwall is charged to maximum capacity so that it can be ready to provide backup power in case of an outage. The mode stays active until severe weather has passed, at which time the system returns to the previously selected mode. (Please note that Storm Watch mode can be disabled through the app.)
Additionally, Tesla is providing a firmware update: with this update, you can now log into the Commissioning Wizard to view Powerwall system information as well as manage the system’s connection to your home network. This feature is helpful if you need to change the password to your Wi-Fi router or if you lose Internet access.
If you would like further information about the most recent updates, assistance to help maximize your Powerwall’s effectiveness, or would like to install a Powerwall (or Powerwalls) at your home or business, give us a call! We are proud to be a Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer.