SunEdison To Provide Battery Storage For Californian Net-Zero Pilot Project

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SunEdison has revealed that it will be providing advanced energy storage systems to a net-zero pilot project in California.

SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy development company, announced last week that it will be supplying advanced battery systems to a net-zero energy homes pilot project being developed in Fontana, California. The project is being led by Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with the support of the California Public Utilities Commission, with lead project partners Meritage Homes and local utility Southern California Edison.

The Electric Power Research Institute is leading the project in an effort to determine the impact on the local electricity grid of net-zero energy homes that generate and store their own energy.

“With this project, we’re pioneering solutions that will help Californians prepare for the future of the grid, where homes and businesses will be generating their own electricity on a much greater scale than we’re seeing today,” said Tim Derrick, SunEdison’s general manager of Advanced Solutions. “By installing SunEdison’s advanced battery systems on these net-zero energy homes, we’re able to store solar-generated electricity and better manage the interactions of that electricity with the grid.”

“EPRI is leading this project to gain insights into how a community of net-zero homes interacts with the local grid,” said Ram Narayanamurthy, EPRI’s project lead. “We’re using advanced controls and energy storage to manage these mini, distributed power plants that are expected to play a much larger role in the grid of the future.”

“Meritage Homes is excited to participate in this pivotal project,” said C.R. Herro, Meritage Homes’ vice president of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. “Net-zero energy homes will be energy efficient, more cost effective to run, and have backup power in the event of a power cut.”

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4 thoughts on “SunEdison To Provide Battery Storage For Californian Net-Zero Pilot Project

  • Is it not a good thing to REDUCE energy use (if you are buying) , oh but wait not if you are a energy selling company.
    But would reducing peak demand or leveling out demand not a good thing as well?

  • Take a look at eia power monthly. US electricity consumption has been stable for a few years despite increasing population and GDP, and that very much is a good thing. A cheap to get in on the action is buying LED bulbs.

  • its very good they will get more customers …

  • These test projects are great. People need real models and costs to see how easy it is to produce and consume 90% of a home’s electricity needs. California is such a good area for this since it has plenty of sun, the population of a country (larger than Canada), is wealthy, progressive, and already has enormous numbers of residential PV systems installed. They just need to drop in some batteries to show how it works.
    If the rumors around Tesla battery prices in the next few years pan out, we could see residential battery storage at 3cents per kwh. That means $125 kwh for a complete 5000 cycle lithium manganese battery. But even at twice that price, the economics are no longer a problem.

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