California-based Sunverge Energy has signed deals with three major electric utilities in Arizona, Florida and Vermont. The utilities, which serve areas with significant diversity of climate, solar availability and demand patterns, all have recently purchased Sunverge systems as part of next-generation demand response or resiliency programs.
As part of a solar innovation study, Arizona Public Service Companyis deploying a fleet of Sunverge One energy storage units coupled with Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS). The Sunverge platform can predict load and solar generation. For this study, the role of the platform will be to orchestrate between the energy storage system and smart devices in the home. The goal is an optimized ecosystem of networked distributed energy resources that work in concert to minimize electricity demand, maximize savings against time-varying rates and provide demand response and other grid services.
Lakeland Electric is installing a system at a commercial site to demonstrate the ability for energy storage to help shave a customer’s peak demand behind-the-meter and serve as a tool to support the grid. The pilot allows the Lakeland, Florida-based utility to better understand how distributed energy storage can be used to deliver benefits to customers and the grid.
To study the Sunverge system’s ability to hold up high power loads during an outage, Green Mountain Power deployed a Sunverge One at the rural Farm & Wilderness camps, which host summer programs for children. During a recent power outage, the Sunverge One provided approximately seven hours of backup power, including the support of three commercial-grade refrigerators. The project with Sunverge has enabled Green Mountain Power to evaluate options for all Vermont residents, and test software for advanced virtual power plant functions.
“These three utilities join dozens of others that are exploring how aggregated distributed energy resources, including storage, can deliver improved customer value and new grid services,” said Sunverge CEO Martin Milani.
“The APS solar innovation study provides a glimpse into the future of the grid. In that future, overall energy supply and demand is balanced home by home, while still maintaining the comfort of each customer.”