Tesla's upcoming Powerwall battery might be sold out through mid-2016, but you might get one as soon as January... if you live in the right state, that is. Vermont's Green Mountain Power will offer the home energy pack to residents who want to save the environment (and lighten the load on the electrical grid) by generating and storing their own electricity. If you share the battery with GMP, you can either get a $31.76 credit on your bill (if you buy the Powerwall for $6,500 outright) or pay $37.50 per month with no money down. You can also buy the Powerwall without sharing it, if you'd rather keep all that juice to yourself.

You'll have to move quickly if you want one, and the odds of a January delivery are extremely low. Just 10 Vermonters are getting a unit that month, and the company only expects 500 over the course of the next few months. Still, this could be an important step toward widespread clean energy. GMP is the first electric utility to embrace the Powerwall, and by extension the first to support home batteries as a whole. If its project pans out, you could see plenty of other power companies lining up.

This article by Jon Fingas originally ran on Engadget, the definitive guide to this connected life.



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