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Published on April 14th, 2015 | by James Ayre


OutBack Power Technologies Unveils New Energy Storage Incentive Program For Solar Installers

April 14th, 2015 by  

The noted off-grid power solutions manufacturer OutBack Power Technologies just unveiled a new energy storage incentives program — dubbed SystemEdge — aimed at spurring solar installers to integrate energy storage systems into their offerings.

OutbackLogoThe new incentives program — which the company reportedly thinks will help advance the market — is currently set to run until late in the year. Through October 31, 2015 — to be exact.

The new incentives program will apply to all of OutBack Power’s storage-backed renewable energy systems as large as or larger than 4 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in size. The specific size of the incentive will be based on the storage and system capacity in question. Overall, though, total incentives will range between $200 and $800 per project. While the program is set to expire on October 31, 2015, a grace period for the submission of claims will run until December 15, 2015.

“OutBack Power has a track record of supporting successful renewable energy projects in the US. Rather than waiting for utilities to make a decision regarding energy storage, OutBack Power is taking a proactive stance. We’ve listened to our installers and know that energy storage will be a big driver in the market,” stated Glenn Baker, vice president of sales and support for OutBack Power. “Our SystemEdge incentive program will help installers stay one step ahead, while supporting market adoption of energy storage one installation at a time.”

That’s certainly the way to go about things, isn’t it — if you want something to happen, you better get on it yourself. Right now.

I can’t fault the company’s approach. Hopefully other companies will take a cue here and pursue similar approaches as well.

Image Credit: OutBack Power

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

  • mikeswift

    Unfortunately it appears that the OutBack system will only support DC coupling of the batteries in their system. AC coupling, where you have grid tied inverters connected to the panels, and you want to charge your batteries when the gid died inverters are supplying more power than you are consuming at the moment is not supported. I don’t know why they won’t support this mode, because they have a charger in their inverters, and use it in other modes.

  • Marion Meads

    So how much for a 4 kWh system and where can we buy it? It seems like it is not available for retail, but bundled with something else. That bundling limits its market. I hope they open to DIYers.

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