Energy Support

System Alerts and Notifications

When your Powerwall system changes status, such as when Going Off-Grid or entering Storm Watch mode, you can receive push notifications to your phone. To receive push notifications, both your phone and Powerwall must be connected to the internet.

Internet connection may be unavailable during some grid outages, preventing delivery of Tesla app notifications. However, even without internet connection, your Powerwall is expected to operate normally during an outage.

The following tables outline typical Powerwall events and their expected push notifications:

Off-Grid and Grid Outages


Grid Outage

A grid outage has occurred, and Powerwall is discharging to power your home. This is due to the voltage from the utility grid being either too high, too low, unstable or offline. Powerwall may discharge to below your Backup Reserve during an outage. Reduce your home loads to extend your backup duration while off-grid.

Powerwall is 75% charged and providing power to your home.

Low Energy While Off-Grid

Powerwall energy is very low. If an extended grid outage is expected, consider further reducing your home loads.

Powerwall is low on energy. Reduce load to extend backup duration.

Grid Reconnected

Grid power has returned, and Powerwall will continue normal operation.

Powerwall has returned to on-grid operation.

Go Off-Grid

Powerwall disconnected from the grid via Go Off-Grid from the app.

You have taken your home off-grid! Powerwall is providing backup energy to your home. Use the app to reconnect, or Powerwall will automatically reconnect to the grid when out of energy.

Storm Watch

A Storm Watch event begins, and you will receive a notification text customized for the storm type in your area, if available.

A storm is forecasted for your area and Powerwall is now charging to provide backup power. Your system will be in Storm Watch until the storm ends.


To learn more about Powerwall behavior during grid outages, review the best practices during power outages.

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Low Energy and High Loads


Waiting for Solar

Powerwall is too low on energy and has stopped powering your home as a result. Powerwall will resume charging once enough solar energy becomes available. During an extended outage, Powerwall will conduct hourly checks for power until enough solar energy is produced.

To manually restart Powerwall after this notification, toggle the on/off switch on the right side of your Powerwall.

Powerwall is very low on energy and stopped providing power. Powerwall will resume operation during daylight hours to charge from solar.

Waiting for User Input

This is sent following the ‘Waiting for Solar’ push notification, after Powerwall is unable to find enough solar to power your home and resume charging.

To manually restart Powerwall, toggle the on/off switch on the right side of your Powerwall.

Automatic retries did not have sufficient solar to resume Powerwall operation. Reduce your load and manually resume when solar is present by toggling on/off switch.

Waiting for Grid

This is sent following the ‘Waiting for User Input’ push notification, when Powerwall is empty and unable to resume power until the grid returns.

Powerwall is empty and has shut down. Powerwall will be unavailable and is waiting for the grid to return.

Powerwall Overloaded

During a grid outage, Powerwall attempts to power your home, but your home requires more power than is available.

Turn off high-power items such as air conditioners or heavy appliances to help Powerwall resume powering your home.

Powerwall is overloaded. Reduce your load, and Powerwall will automatically retry within 2 minutes.

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System Issues


Breaker Open

The AC breaker to connect your Powerwall  
to your home is off
and needs to be switched  
back on.

Your Powerwall is disconnected from your home electrical system and cannot operate. This can happen for several reasons, tap here for more information.

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Virtual Power Plant


Event Scheduled

We have scheduled your Powerwall to participate in a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) event. After this push notification is sent, your Powerwall may pre-charge from solar to prepare for discharge.

A Virtual Power Plant event is scheduled today from 6pm to 9pm.

Event Beginning

This push notification is sent at the beginning of a VPP event, when your Powerwall starts discharging to support the grid.

Powerwall is now discharging for a VPP Event until 9pm.

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