South Australian solar households who sign up to the Tesla Energy Plan can get the heavily discounted battery after they access the state subsidy – in which Tesla has become the latest participant.Tesla then offers these households “a brand-new type of energy plan” that promises no daily supply charge, $300-plus of savings a year, and the lowest energy usage rate in the market, on top of the usual solar feed-in tariff of 10c/kWh.All this is run through Tesla’s retail and VPP partner, Energy Locals , who also connect the households to Tesla’s expanding Virtual Power Plant, which uses excess some solar generation to support the broader grid.
This VPP has ambitions to grow to 250MW, or 50,000 customers. The first and second trial stages – totalling 1,100 customers appears to be largely complete. This new offering also appears to be doubling as a test case for that expansion to the 250MW target.To read more of this story, please click here to find the original on our sister site One Step Off The Grid.
Total ethanol capacity expanded 34% and E85 stations exceeded 1,800 in 2008; the fuel now represents more than 7% of the nation’s gasoline supply and can be found in more than 70% of gasoline gallons sold in the U.S.; the 6.5 billion gallons of ethanol produced last year added $47.6 billion to the nation’s GDP; moreover, cellulosic ethanol requirements are projected to boom during the coming decade.