Sunrun to support power cut-prone Bay Area with as much as 20MW of solar-plus-storage

Jul 31, 2020 09:02 PM ET
  • Sunrun has authorized manage three area power suppliers in the Bay Area to mount as much as 20MW of solar and battery back-up power in houses susceptible to power cuts.
Sunrun to support power cut-prone Bay Area with as much as 20MW of solar-plus-storage
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The US residential solar installer has actually protected partnerships with 3 Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) in California, which jointly supply power for around 1 million houses.

The collaborations are with East Bay Community Energy, distributor of power to Alameda County; Silicon Valley Clean Energy, which provides power to Santa Clara County; and also Peninsula Clean Energy, supplier of power to San Mateo County.

Sunrun stated it will certainly benefit from co-marketing initiatives as well as data-driven targeting enabled by the arrangements, which can boost the worth offered to every customer.

The partnerships at first target supplying solar power and also emission-free backup power to as much as 6,000 houses over the next three years in locations susceptible to power cuts throughout wildfire season.

Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said the offer stands for a new model for a cleaner and much more trustworthy electrical power grid.

" The wildfires that interrupted our power and lives last loss have offered us a possibility to locate ways to better secure our most susceptible customers from losing important materials and also comfort during emergency outages," she claimed. "By partnering with Sunrun and our neighborhood charitable firms, we can identify those consumers who can profit one of the most from this programme."

Sunrun said that along with giving backup power in case of a power cut at each house, the sources can be networked together to build online nuclear power plant (VPP), which can help in reducing peak power demand as well as properly enable the use of regional resources to secure the operation of California's electrical grid in real time.

The partnerships adhere to plans introduced last month by Sunrun to accumulation 300 residential solar-plus-storage installments in California into a single VPP, declaring it to be one of the United States' initial residential VPPs.

Approximately 300 of Sunrun's Brightbox solar-plus-storage packages will certainly be networked by the middle of 2021, providing coming to a head ability to Southern California Edison's managed grid. The systems will also be utilized to supply backup power in the outcome of grid interruptions and show the wider benefits of using VPPs to aid decarbonisation.