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We Charge Our Phones and Our Cars. Is it Time to Charge Our Homes?

The latest smart home energy storage systems pack plenty of power into sleek, barely visible forms.

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When architect Richard Schuh installed solar panels on his Mayacamas Mountains home in northwestern California two decades ago, going completely off the grid wasn’t a real consideration. He just couldn’t quite abide the banks of ugly lead-acid batteries he would have needed to store that amount of excess solar power. Today, it’s a different story. Two sleek Tesla Powerwall lithium-ion batteries hang inconspicuously on a carport wall, ready to supply nearly all the energy his home needs, even during blackouts.

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