Published on June 14th, 2016 | by Derek Markham8
EDF Shifts Entire Residential Solar Offering To Self-Consumption Model
June 14th, 2016 by Derek Markham
The French utility EDF Group has shifted its residential solar photovoltaic (PV) offering over into a self-consumption model, under the banner Mon Soleil & Moi, in a move that may help its customers more efficiently generate, use, and store their own electricity.
As grids get smarter and consumers get savvier about their own energy consumption, allowing electrical customers to have more control over their own energy needs is one way to get to a more efficient and potentially cheaper (and lower carbon) electricity system. The EDF Group is following suit by transforming its residential PV solutions into one that focuses on better energy management and increased self-consumption. The company’s solar subsidiary, EDF ENR, recently announced the launch of its Mon Soleil & Moi (My Sun & Me) offering, which aims to give customers the tools for maximizing the use of the electricity generated by their home solar arrays, including the option to store some of it for later use in a battery storage system.
“Both businesses and consumers are taking a growing interest in self-consumption. The steady decline in the cost of generating electricity from solar energy as a result of technological advances and the fluctuations in electricity prices have combined to make self-consumption of photovoltaic electricity a cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly solution.” – EDF Group
According to the company, with this program, customers can track their energy production and consumption via a tablet or smartphone, and then choose to store some of the excess electricity in their home battery system, which essentially gives them more precise control over their PV + storage system, as well as the ability to potentially avoid some of the fluctuations in electricity prices during peak demand periods.
“Energy usage patterns are evolving and becoming more digital. Currently, self-consumption of renewable electricity is becoming an effective solution for consumers increasingly looking to keep a tight grip on their bills and their carbon footprint. As part of our CAP 2030 strategy, we are committed to supporting these changes and helping to shape the energy models of the future. This lies behind today’s launch by our EDF ENR subsidiary of its Mon Soleil & Moi offering.” – Antoine Cahuzac, EDF’s Group Senior Executive Vice President, Renewable Energies and Chief Executive Officer of EDF Energies Nouvelles
As part of the program, customers will be provided with an energy management system to allow for the monitoring and control of their solar generation and consumption patterns, which is a key part of the program. And although it would seem that having a home energy storage system would be essential to this program, according to PV Tech, that element is optional, which begs the question of just how useful and/or effective the Mon Soleil & Moi offering is without the ability to store some of the solar electricity production for use during peak periods.
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