SolarCity is teaming up with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to demonstrate how the coordinated use of solar smart inverters and behind-the-meter energy storage could provide enhanced benefits to the grid.
The two will install smart inverters and battery storage systems for residential rooftop solar customers in San Jose, Calif. The demonstrations will evaluate how PG&E can enhance the stability and power quality of the grid and optimize solar generation and power-flow management through the coordinated use of distributed energy resources (DERs) with smart inverters and battery storage.
The project demonstrates a portion of SolarCity’s Grid Services product suite, which leverages aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) to provide benefits for grid operators. As part of the project, SolarCity is deploying a portfolio of aggregated DERs to provide PG&E with increased grid flexibility and control as the companies work to demonstrate a more modern, customer-centric grid.
To support the project, up to 150 residential customers in San Jose will receive smart inverters and/or residential battery storage systems. The demonstration is expected to commence this September and end in December 2017, says SolarCity.