JLM Energy, based in Rocklin, CA, is selling complete home (Energizr) and commercial (Gridz) energy solutions, with each one utilizing a battery system and a backup generator, including a grid connection. JLM generously answered my questions about its systems for this CleanTechnica article.
1. What is the size of the solar panel systems in watts or kilowatts that your products work with?
On the residential side of our business, a single Energizr can support approximately 6 kW of solar PV. For larger systems, multiple Energizr units can be used (up to 4 units in parallel).
On the commercial side of our business, using our Gridz system, we have customers that have installed PV systems as large of 1.2 MW.
2. Same question for the energy storage system.
Each Energizr™ inverter can provide up to 4.4 kW of instantaneous power.
The associated LiFePO4 self-contained battery pack systems have 8.8 kWh of storage capacity.
Multiple Energizr™ units can be installed in parallel, supporting up to 4 units at a time that are capable of delivering 17.6 kW of instantaneous power. Additional battery pack systems can easily be connected to the self-contained unit. As such, the kWh run time capabilities are vast.
With Gridz, our largest deployed storage capacity is 600 kWh.
3. How many units do you anticipate selling in the next several years?
JLM Energy forecasts 50 units per month in 2015 and 150 units per month in 2016.
30 systems in 2015; 100 units in 2015.
4. Who is your ideal customer?
JLM Energy has both residential and commercial/industrial clients. Our ideal customer is excited about energy independence and has possibly taken steps towards that goal.
5. Some other key points
Most people who have invested in PV solar today don’t realize that their systems cease to function in the event of a grid outage. With Energizr, you not only have access to the clean energy stored in its batteries during such an event, but your solar system will stay on and continue to power you home and recharge the batteries for as long it takes before utility power is restored.
Each system comes with a 10-year warranty. A DIY version costs $7,495, which includes $7,500 in local state incentives, according to JLM. If the company installs the whole system, the cost is $12,495, including the same incentives.
The cost of solar power has dropped dramatically in the last several years. What will make it even more appealing is whole system packages like this one that include energy storage, so excess electricity can be stored and used at night or on cloudy days, that beat the price of electricity from the grid.
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