California-based JLM Energy has launched a new solar power and residential energy storage system which uses Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries to work with the solar array. Proprietary software helps manage the system for effective energy efficiency, and a mobile app is available as well, which can remotely control devices such as thermostats and HVAC systems. CEO and Founder Farid Dibachi answered some questions about the Energizr 200.
What is the solar power capacity and energy storage capacity? For energy storage what is the kilowatt or megawatt hours?
Energizr 200 has a solar power capacity ranging from 3.8 kW to 8.2 kW and energy storage capacity ranging from 5.2 kWh to 20.8 kWh in increments of 2.6 kWh.
Our largest installation, in a very large home in CA, will be using 4 of the 20.8 kWh units. However, an average 2,000 to 2,500 sq ft house will use a system with 10.4 kWh capacity for demand shaving, time-of-use or self-consumption applications.
How many lifetime cycles for the energy storage?
Our batteries have a life cycle of 5,000 cycles and are projected to last 15 to 17 years for a typical demand shaving application.
What is the cost?
Using JLM’s patent-pending, Symmetric DC Regulation technology, our customers gain a substantial cost advantage by combining solar and energy storage.
For a 2,500 square foot house, a typical 5 kW solar system, integrated with 10.4 kWh battery, together with smart thermostats and load control, costs as low as $18,000 after the incentives. This includes installation costs.
By design, Energizr-200 systems’ batteries are charged strictly from solar and therefore the entire system qualifies for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
In CA, Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides as much as 50% of the installed system cost.
Is the product modular? Can Energizr 200s be stacked together?
Energizr 200 is a modular unit and is field up-gradable. For example, the 5.2 kWh system can be field upgraded to a 20.8 kWh. In addition, complete Energizr 200 systems can be placed in parallel to fit any home or lifestyle.
Does it come with an inverter?
Yes, Energizr 200 uses a Fronius Inverter. Other inverter types are under development.
What is the warranty?
JLM warranties the entire system, including the batteries, for 10 years and provides a way for customers to receive a lifetime warranty in exchange for a small monthly O&M fee.
What is the product contained in, and can it be stored outdoors or should it be placed inside?
Energizr-200 is rated at NEMA-3R and is suitable for indoor and outdoor installation.
What is the installation procedure and who is qualified to do it?
We have a team of licensed electricians working directly for JLM who are based in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. We also work with a network of more than 260 dealers and partners who have their own licensed electricians that perform installations.
What is the installation cost?
Installation cost is included in the product cost. However, we project that installation takes less than 4 hours of labor and in most cases could be completed in less than one day.
What are the product’s dimensions and weight?
Energizr 200 is 55″x32″x9″. The weight of the 20.8 kWh model is 775 lbs. and is designed to be wall-mounted.
You have sold some units to utilities. What are they using them for?
JLM’s Energizr-200 is the first product of its kind integrating solar and energy storage. The units are installed in homes by utilities to understand the impact of residential behind-the-meter energy storage on the utility’s grid and the customers’ monthly bill. This is important as the utilities assess the various approaches to the net energy metering. In addition to energy storage, the utility will experiment with smart thermostats and load control units that are integral parts of JLM’s Energizr-200 product ecosystem.
What kind of organizations or people are the early adopters?
Early adopters are interested in having choice and control over their power bill and are aware of the fact that energy technologies, combining solar, storage, smart thermostats and load control systems are emerging technologies that are bound to bring the desired level of control and choice to them. They are more often than not tech-savvy and anxious to participate as front-runners in the technology changes that bring about social change.
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