SolarCity, Tesla and Nest Join Forces in Hawaii

SolarCity, Tesla and Nest Join Forces in Hawaii

Hawaiian residents are prepared to say “Aloha” to smarter, more energy efficient homes thanks to the latest launch from SolarCity.

The company has introduced a new Customer Self Supply program that will offer a Smart Energy Home to new residents in Hawaii. The offering includes a customized combination of solar, battery storage, smart electric water heating and also a Nest Learning Thermostat.

With this offering, SolarCity is taking its existing partnership with Tesla’s energy storage technology and combining it with Nest’s extremely popular smart home product. Together, this union of products aims to “automatically modify energy usage based on how much solar power is available to prevent energy from being exported back to the grid,” according to a press release from SolarCity.

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How exactly? SolarCity’s Smart Energy Home will manage energy by combining solar and batteries to store excess electricity generated from the solar power system during the day, then deliver it to the home at night. In addition, the smart electric water heater also uses solar PV to heat water during the day and store for later use in the evening.

The images below, from SolarCity’s website, show how these elements combine to make the process work.

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About The Author

Greg Vellante is a staff writer and multimedia specialist at TecHome Builder, as well as a content coordinator for AE Ventures events. He has over a decade of experience writing for various publications on topics that range from cinema to editorials to home technology. His favorite technologies fall into the A/V and home entertainment realm, and he’s keeping a close eye on the rising trends in robotics and virtual/augmented reality. Greg resides in Boston, holds a degree in Media Studies from Emerson College and pursues screenwriting/filmmaking in his free time.

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