IMPRESSIVE: Clarence Community Transportt’s Rhea Forshaw admires the new Tesla Powerwall recently installed, which is only the second in Australia.
IMPRESSIVE: Clarence Community Transportt’s Rhea Forshaw admires the new Tesla Powerwall recently installed, which is only the second in Australia. Jarrard Potter

Everyone’s a winner with Powerwall

THE future of solar power is here, and it's in Townsend.

Clarence Community Transport is the new home for the state-of-the-art Tesla Powerwall, only the second in the state to be installed.

The Tesla Powerwall is a large lithium-ion battery that stores energy from solar panels. It maximises solar power usage by storing excess electricity produced during the day which can be used at night or during peak periods to cut energy bills, in what has been described as a revolution in solar energy.

Clarence Community Transport manager Warwick Foster said it was exciting to be one of the first in Australia to have the new technology installed.

"We are hoping to see a great saving on our electricity bill, and the money we save can go straight back into providing more services to our clients," he said.

Mr Foster said the new solar technology will allow the business to run almost entirely off renewable energy, decreasing their carbon footprint.

"As a transport service provider, we have a fairly large footprint, so decreasing our carbon footprint is important for us," he said.

The Tesla Powerwall was installed by Grafton Electrical, the Clarence Valley's Solahart dealer, who won a Federal Government Skills Fund Grant to learn how to install the new technology.

Mr Foster said the installation went smoothly, and in another technological achievement is linked online to Grafton Electrical, so the systems performance can be monitored and any problems can be remotely identified.

With the help of Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, Mr Foster said Clarence Community Transport was successful in receiving a NSW Government community initiative grant to subsidise the cost of the solar panel system and Tesla battery.

"We don't have to worry about our return on investment because we were lucky enough to obtain a grant," Mr Foster said.

"We didn't have to invest any of Clarence Community Transport's money, so we are making savings from day one, which will be used to provide more trips to our clients."



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