Tesla gained approval in Texas to debut two Virtual Power Plant pilot programs, as seen in a press release from the Public Utility Commission of Texas in recent weeks (via CNET). The approval lets Tesla Powerwall owners re-sell electricity generated by solar back to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’s (ERCOT’s) electrical grid, creating what is effectively a giant distributed battery during times of peak use or emergency blackouts.
The news comes after a number of Texas residents were able to use their solar power and Powerwalls during the 2021 blizzard and accompanying power crisis to keep their homes running. In recent months, the state of Texas also registered Tesla Electric, which is the company’s own utility program, and customers of the offshoot are eligible to participate.
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Source: Clean Technica
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