Enroll into the Home Battery Rewards program and earn up to $11,367!
Owning a Tesla Powerwall just got better.
The Home Battery Rewards program allows you to maximize the value of your Tesla Powerwall system and lower or eliminate your monthly utility bill.
Enrollment is open now. Availability is limited to 500 homes on Maui and 1500 homes on Big Island and is exclusive to Rising Sun Solar customers.
The program enrollment is limited based on a first-come, first-served basis. Plus, the sooner you enroll, the more you earn.
Learn More About the Program
Unlock your Powerwall to lower your electric bill even further!
Your Powerwall is more than just a battery- it has built-in smart features that couldn’t be utilized until now! The Home Battery Rewards program is your opportunity to earn a substantial amount of money.
Incentives are paid out monthly over the course of the program, the graph above shows payment ranges for the entire value of the incentives of the 60-month program that started on June 7th, 2021, and ends June 7th, 2026
Customer Benefits for enrolling in Home Battery Rewards
Fantastic Financial Incentives. Get paid to participate.
System Monitoring Desk.
Home Energy Management. Swell manages your solar and energy storage to get the most value every day.
Make strides toward a 100% renewable Hawaii energy system.
Flexibility to “opt-out” at any time.
PLUS Same great access to backup power when the grid is down!
1. Does it cost money to join the HBR Program?
No. The exact opposite. The number of Powerwalls you have and how soon you enroll determines the number of Rewards you earn.
2. How much will I earn by participating?
The amount you’re paid to participate depends on your system size, KWH produced, and time of use depending on grid demand. You will get an estimated range of savings when you enroll and you will see your fixed monthly payment on your utility bill after you enroll.
3. Is there any time commitment?
No. You are free to un-enroll at any time.
4. How do I receive my rewards?
You will see a reduction on your electric bill every month. The HBR program will have a special itemized line on your bill. If your incentive reaches your minimum bill or goes beyond your minimum bill you’ll also get a check from Hawaiian Electric each month.
5. How do I sign up?
Simply enroll by filling out the contact form at the top of this webpage. An Energy Consultant will get in touch to provide you further details and answer any questions you have regarding the program.
6. What if I only pay the minimum fee on my electric bill?
Your bill will be reduced by the incentive amount, including all KWH charges and the monthly service charges. If your incentive exceeds your minimum bill, you will receive a bill for $0, and a check from Hawaiian Electric enclosed with your monthly bill for the remaining value of the incentive net of bill credits.
7. How will my battery be managed for the HBR Program?
Your battery will be intelligently managed for the duration of the program to maximize the value of your normal operations and HBR benefits each day.
8. What happens during a grid outage? Will my battery be asked to provide electricity to the grid?
Your system will “Island” itself and only provide electricity to your home as originally designed.
9. What are the program requirements?
You must have a Solar + Tesla Powerwall System and be a Hawaiian Electric customer on Oahu, Maui, or the Big Island. You must unenroll from other Hawaiian Electric energy efficiency programs (i.e. HECO’s “Energy Scout” Program).
10. How does the Program Work?
Swell Energy manages your system and all participants in the Home Battery Rewards Program to respond to too much or not enough power on the grid. The program’s value is based on the fact that your system can intelligently respond in real-time to the energy needs of the grid.
11. I have solar plus battery storage, but not a Tesla Powerwall. Do I need a Tesla Powerwall to enroll?
At this time, only Tesla Powerwall customers can enroll in the Home Battery Rewards Program. Let us know your battery type by filling out the contact form and we will be in touch to discuss how you can participate when we are ready to enroll your battery type.
12. I have solar but I don’t have a battery, can I still participate?
No Powerwall, no problem! If you have solar, we can help you get a Powerwall installed so you can participate. Get in touch and we’ll advise the best options to get you going in the program.
13. Can I enroll in the program if I don’t have solar?
Currently, the program is enrolling Hawaiian Electric customers who have solar installed on their homes with a Tesla Powerwall battery. We can install solar plus a Tesla Powerwall for homeowners without it who want to participate in the program. Fill out the contact form and a Swell Energy Consultant will be in touch to discuss your options.
14. What happens if I want to un-enroll from the program?
You can opt out of the program at any time. There is no penalty for leaving and you will NOT be required to repay any funds received while in the program.
15. Who is Swell Energy?
Swell Energy is creating a greater grid for the greater good. As an energy management and smart grid solutions provider accelerating the mass adoption of clean energy technologies (solar plus Tesla Powerwall backup batteries), Swell is making it easy for businesses and homeowners to take control of their energy use, achieve energy security, and save costs.
16. What is the benefit of participating in HBR?
- Earn additional value from your Powerwall
- Increase grid stability in your neighborhood
- Reduce fossil fuels use and support the transition to a 100% renewable Hawaii