Tesla hopes to turn some Texas homes into "virtual power plants" after tests showed that batteries at these locations can be quickly harnessed to reduce stress on the state's grid.
The Elon Musk-owned electric car company is making the effort after testing a project that grouped 64 North Texas homes equipped with solar batteries and Powerwall on the roof.
The pilot project showed that the setup can leverage spare battery capacity and provide grid services in seconds, executives said Tuesday during a workshop hosted by Tesla.
The company is advocating for rule changes with Texas' main grid operator to set terms for how owners of such residential batteries can participate in the energy market and receive compensation. Households received gift cards for their role in the pilot project.
A residential program could be implemented within a year if the Texas Electric Reliability Council approves it, Arushi Sharma Frank, Tesla's U.S. energy markets policy leader, said during the Ercot virtual workshop.