Vivint Solar’s customers might soon have one the most coveted symbols in their garages or on their homes. Under a new partnership with Mercedes-Benz Energy, Vivint Solar solar will be the first company in the US to offer Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage systems.
It’s the first time that Vivint Solar will offer energy storage systems in addition to its solar rooftops. The energy storage systems consist of modular 2.5 kilowatt hour (kWh) automotive-grade batteries. They can be assembled in configurations up to 20 kWh. Vivint Solar will customize each energy storage system based on the customer's energy needs.
"As Mercedes-Benz electrifies its vehicle fleet, solar plus storage is essential to enable those vehicles to be powered by clean energy," said Boris von Bormann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas. "The launch of our home battery system in Europe has been successful and we are thrilled to be working with Vivint Solar to bring a reliable and compelling solar plus storage offering to American homes."
Vivint Solar said the energy storage systems will allow its customers to have more control over the solar power they generate, allowing them to save the most in markets with time-of-use charges (and reimbursements) for using the grid. In such a situation the system can store energy and power the home when grid electric prices are the highest. It can also serve as a backup power source if the grid goes down.
"The choice to work with Mercedes-Benz Energy, a world-class innovator in energy storage, was an easy one," said David Bywater, CEO of Vivint Solar. "We believe their energy storage system is going to delight our customers and are impressed with their ambitious plans for the future. We look forward to bringing this innovative solution to consumers, beginning in our California markets, and to empowering greater renewable energy usage."
Vivint Solar will introduce the systems to California in the second quarter. In that market they purchase the energy storage systems outright or finance them. They companies plan to expand the offering to other states soon.Tweet