Solar3D’s SUNworks division is now offering battery storage systems to its solar power customers. It joins a growing number of solar installers that are starting to offer energy storage systems in addition to their solar installations.
For instance, SunPower which is offering some of its customers energy storage through a partnership with KB Homes and with BMW. Likewise NRG’s solar home division is offering battery storage in some of its markets.
"The SUNWorks team is always seeking cutting edge technologies and innovations to give our clients more control over their energy expenses, thus maximizing their return on investment. We believe that battery storage technology is the next 'game changer' in the solar industry," said Abe Emard, CEO of SUNWorks.
“Although not yet ideal for every solar system owner, battery storage will play a significant role in energy levelization and system outage protection,” according to SUNworks. As time-of-use charges and peak demand charges start gaining traction—and as prices come down—battery storage systems should become more popular. Particularly for net-metered homes and businesses that can feed excess energy back to the grid during peak hours, potentially at reimbursed at a higher rate than in non-peak hours and/or charge the battery system during non-peak hours when energy is less expensive. The battery systems can also allow homes to and businesses to power themselves when the grid goes down.
"The solar systems market is experiencing rapid growth, as evidence by the growth of our own SUNworks division. However, for solar to become a primary and reliable source of energy, it must also be useful when the sun is not shining. Battery storage systems solve some of these issues. We are excited to roll out this solution as a new revenue stream in delivering more value to our current and future customers," said Jim Nelson, CEO of Solar3D.
SUNworks, the installation arm of PV startup manufacturer Solar3D, starting installing its first solar systems with batteries earlier this year at across Jackson Family Wines’ locations in Santa Rosa, Calif. The company anticipates completing the installations, which will be up to 3 megawatts, in November 2014. It’s not clear whether the systems will use Solar3D’s PV modules, which have not been publicly introduced, at this point. A spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment by press time.Tweet