Thinking of installing a home solar system with backup batteries? This PMC resident did just that

  • [photo by Al Tapia]

    [photo by Al Tapia]

By Al Tapia, PMC

This was my experience with the latest power outage this week. I have two Tesla Powerwalls. This is a battery backup system. The Powerwall units switch on so fast you don’t notice a power drop.

You don’t have to reset your clocks. It’s nice knowing that even if I’m away, my refrigerator and security lights will be working.

I have a Tesla smartphone app that allows me to monitor my system and control how the system operates. The Powerwalls can be purchased without solar panels.

I have 18 solar panels and I programmed my system to use…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

Photo captions:

Al Tapia’s two Tesla Powerwall battery backup units for his solar power system.

Above: The Tesla smart phone app allows one to program energy usage from anywhere.

To see full stories with photos, please purchase a copy of the newspaper at many locations (click this link for a list) throughout the Mountain Communities.

Or, have your newspaper delivered via mail and include internet access. Just call 661-245-3794. Classified ads are FREE to paid subscribers! See front page at for details.

The e-Edition is available now with full photos and stories at The Mountain Enterprise e-Edition. Select the 2020-1016 edition.

(subscriber login required)

This is part of the October 16, 2020 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

Have an opinion on this matter? We'd like to hear from you.