Tesla sets sights on reclaiming US solar market leadership after installs dive

Jan 29, 2021 10:30 AM ET
  • Tesla reported a considerable increase in power storage space releases for the 4th quarter of 2020, more than doubling record figures from the previous quarter as battery production growths brought about better product availability but demand still outstrips supply.
Tesla sets sights on reclaiming US solar market leadership after installs dive
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The firm reported record energy storage system (EES) implementations of 1,584 MWh in the fourth quarter of 2020, up from the previous quarter, which had been a brand-new record for the company of 759MWh. Utility-scale storage space systems have actually been essential to considerable growth, although property demand was likewise raising.

Full-year ESS deployments reached 3,022 MWh, contrasted to 1,651 MWh in 2019, a rise of over 82% year-on-year.

In the revenues phone call, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla kept in mind that total battery ability target (made use of for both EVs and ESS) in 2022 was 200GWh, mentioning that the firm might most likely "attain 30% of targeted design capability in 2022."

The business had stated in its capitalist letter that ESS implementation demand and offered supply in 2021 could result in similar growth prices seen in 2020.

Residential solar installs likewise leapt, rising from 57MW in Q3 2020 to 86MW in the final quarter of the year. It notes a considerable jump on the 27MW released in Q2 2020, an efficiency mainly attributed to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and also is the highest possible quarter of release since Q3 2018, when releases topped 93MW.

Full-year deployments reached 205MW, up from 173MW in 2019.

" So we're in fact seeing tremendous development in solar quarter-over-quarter last year," noted Musk in the revenues telephone call. "We do in fact anticipate to end up being the marketplace leader in solar and then go far beyond it."

Nevertheless, leading United States property installer, Sunrun had formerly reported 3rd quarter 2020 deployments of 109MW, a 40% consecutive rise.

Ahead of Tesla's 4th quarter results, Sunrun had assisted 4th quarter 2020 deployments of 171.6 MW, because of the inclusion of solar releases from Vivint Solar as its procurement of a significant rival closed on October 8, 2020.

Because of this, Sunrun is expected to have deployed 455.6 MW in 2020, up from 413MW in 2019, despite the effect of COVID-19.

Sunrun's solar releases are more than dual those implementations of Tesla in 2020.

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