Energy storage systems, when coupled with a solar power array, can help system users save money on their energy bills, continue to grow. Case in point, in New England Enersave has announced that it is accepting reservations to install sonnenBatterie’s energy storage systems in homes with solar arrays.
The energy storage market is poised for rapid growth as the costs of energy storage technologies goes down and demand goes up. In Residential Energy Storage, a report out earlier this year Navigant Research projected that in less than a decade, the residential energy storage market would grow from under 95 megawatts of such systems installed annually to 3.8 gigawatts of such systems installed annually by 2025. Furthermore it expected the US, Australia, Germany and Japan will be the hotbeds for the systems.
Now sonnenBatterie and Enersave will start to ride the early waves of the coming boom. The sonnenBatterie units, which are made in California, are sized for each home based on consumers’ use. Enersave will start the processs by installing a smart meter that monitors the amount of solar energy customers’ PV systems generate versus what they consume and will then offer a personalized recommendation in terms of battery size to optimize excess energy storage and use. Once installed the sonnenBatterie system will store excess energy produced by the home’s solar array that can be used to offset time of use charges or during a widespread utility outage.
"We are excited to be among the first to offer residential battery storage with our unique smart meter sizing service, and to be on the forefront of helping solar homeowners gain more energy independence. From my experience in developing more than 600 residential and commercial PV systems since 2005, I believe battery adoption will grow rapidly and become an integral part of the electric grid of the future,” said Dennis Wilson, CEO of Enersave.
While sonnenBatterie is one of the early companies to offer residential energy storage systems, it’s not the only company to do so. For example, electric vehicle giant, Tesla is acquiring solar installer and developer, SolarCity, and plans to integrate its Powerwall and Powerpack energy storage systems into its next generation of residential, commercial and utility-sized solar energy producing projects. Similarly, car maker BMW has also entered the home energy storage market and is offering systems that utilize its vehicle batteries that can no longer power one of its cars. The batteries can still hold and release energy, they're not capable of doing so at the rapid rates required by EVs, so they can find a second life in consumers’ homes.Tweet