Queens, N.Y., July 18, 2016 – Beginning this summer, SunPower by EmPower Solar is offering high-efficiency SunPower solar power systems with battery storage to homeowners in the Con Edison service territory, as part of a pilot program designed to improve the reliability, resiliency and sustainability of New York’s utility grid.
Under the program, qualified participants can lease high-efficiency SunPower® residential solar systems from SunPower by EmPower Solar that will be installed on their homes to help reduce the homeowners’ monthly electricity costs. For an additional low monthly payment, participants will also have
Sunverge Energy battery systems, owned by Con Edison, installed by SunPower by EmPower Solar and connected to their SunPower home solar systems. In the event of an outage, solar power stored in a participant's battery storage system will be available to power certain essential load appliances in the home.
With more than 300 households participating, Con Edison will be able to link solar-plus-storage systems together into a "virtual power plant" that can act as a local generation resource to supply solar power to the grid during peak usage periods. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) integration will provide remote monitoring and control, allowing Con Edison to forecast and optimize the performance and reduce the need for the utility to rely on traditional non-renewable energy sources to meet peak demand.
“For the first time ever, Con Edison customers can save on electricity bills and gain energy peace of mind by switching to solar with battery backup for no upfront cost,” said David G. Schieren, CEO of SunPower by EmPower Solar. “Given our more than 10 years of experience installing solar with battery systems, and having managed through Superstorm Sandy, we are particularly proud to be part of this initiative and help New York invest in a smarter, more resilient energy future.”
With the integration of approximately 2.6 megawatts of solar power and about 1.8 megawatts of battery storage, this partnership represents the largest distributed home energy storage program in the U.S. It resulted from New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, designed to harness and integrate renewable energy into the state’s power grid.
Con Edison residential customers who are interested in participating in the program can find more information by visiting http://www.sunpower.com/ny-solar-storage or contacting SunPower by EmPower Solar at empower-solar.com or (516) 837-3459.
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