Tesla (TSLA -2.76%) stock stands to gain over the long term from distributed energy. With Tesla's virtual power plant (VPP) in California coming online, Tesla energy is going prime time. In this video, I break down my top three benefits of the VPP to Tesla, why customers join with their Powerwalls, and more.

*Stock prices used were the midday prices of Friday, Aug. 20. The video was published on Friday, Aug. 20.