Advances in the harnessing and using solar energy are taking place every day, and now Tesla motors has released a powerful and affordable new way to power your home. Back in April, Tesla announced the launch of the Powerwall, a battery used to store solar energy or as a backup power supply that you can have installed in your house. A month later, the Powerwall had sold out through the middle of 2016. Here’s some more information on this new product.
What is the Powerwall?
Powerwall is a battery installed in your home that charges using electricity generated from solar panels. In the evening, the stored energy is then used to power your home. It also acts as a backup electricity supply in the event of a power outage.
In general, homes use more electricity in the mornings and evenings versus during the day. Homes with solar panels that don’t have a means of storing it typically sell the excess energy to the utility company and purchase it back in the evenings. Powerwall stores the solar energy for later use, thereby preventing the addition of more demands on power plants and the subsequent increase of carbon emissions.
Powerwall comes in two different models for home use, each using different cell chemistries.
Both the 10 kW/h weekly cycle and 7 kWh daily cycle models are guaranteed for ten years and are sufficient to power most homes during peak evening hours. Multiple Powerwalls may be installed together for homes with greater energy need, up to 90 kWh total for the 10 kWh battery and 63 kWh total for the 7 kWh battery.
The 7kWh Powerwalls have already begun to arrive in the homes of pilot customers in North America, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Australia. Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated earlier this year that the company has already accepted 100,000 Powerwall orders and will produce many more Powerwalls after the launch of Tesla’s Gigafactory in 2016.
Tesla is being credited with helping the world “fundamentally change the way the world uses energy” in efforts to help wean consumers away from fossil fuels. For more information on this innovative new product, go to Tesla Motors’ website.
Trip and fall accidents can result in horrible injuries and difficult court cases. If you have been injured by a slip or trip, it is important to understand the guidelines behind trip and fall accidents. Understanding these facets of trip and fall accidents will help you determine whether you have a case, which will then allow you to seek an experienced attorney for your case.
Put very simply, a trip and fall accident is when someone actually trips, slips, or falls on someone else’s property. The cause of the fall could be a wide variety of things including flooring issues (ripped carpeting, wet floor, flooring changes), bad lighting, bad stairs, uneven sidewalk, and so on.
When it comes to finding fault, this is where the most difficult aspect of the case lays. In order to have both a legitimate trip and fall case and to be able to find accurate fault, some questions should be answered.
- Did the owner know about the issue’s danger that caused the trip?
- Did the owner do anything to solve the issue?
- Has the issue existed a long time, been ignored, and was not too expensive to be fixed?
- Were you careless, causing the fall?
- Was the issue something you should have anticipated?
If the fall occurred in a business:
- Did the business know about the issue?
- Were measures taken to warn the public about the danger?
- Did an employee or an official at the business cause the dangerous problem?
If most of these answers point towards the owner of the property or the business, than the chances of having a strong trip and fall case are high. If you suspect it was your own carelessness that may have caused the fall, fault pointing to the owner may be more difficult to prove. With an experienced, knowledgeable attorney on your side, chances for a successful outcome are increasingly higher. Call us today for a consultation about your trip and fall case.
If your child has been injured while at school or on school property, it is natural to want to know your legal recourse. Who is responsible in the eyes of the law? When your child is under the care of the school and the school district, you expect a certain degree of liability–but there may be more to it than that.
Was the act intentional or negligent?
This is the first question that needs to be answered. If your child was injured by playground bullying, was there any adult employee in charge of keeping the kids safe? Or was your child intentionally abused by an adult employee of the school? If so, the entire hiring and background check process can come into question. Many of these issues overlap, as employee negligence or intent can often be difficult to separate. It is also possible that your child’s injuries was truly due to a complete accident.
What constitutes Negligence by the School?
While children are at school, the school and district are required to provide for the child’s needs in a similar way to the parents. They must provide shelter, food, transportation, and a safe school environment. Oftentimes in cases of scholastic negligence, the school has come up short in one or more of these categories. If the school fails to comply with standards of childcare, and the student is injured because of this failure, then the school is negligent and may be responsible for some or all of the costs associated with the injury.
School: Private or Public?
The last thing to consider is the nature of the school. If your child’s school is public, then the school is considered a government entity and has more strict procedures that a lawsuit must follow. If your child was injured at a private school, the organization may be a non-profit, private or religiously protected entity. In this case, your legal cause will most likely be the same as a personal injury claim. In this case there are not usually any specific procedures to your claim, and you must file a personal injury lawsuit.