Communications giant AT&T and solar company SunPower have entered into an agreement to integrate Internet of Things (IoT) technology with SunPower’s newest home energy solution, SunPower Equinox. The companies will also collaborate on co-marketing efforts to offer a SunPower home solar system to qualified AT&T customers this summer.
Over the next two years, AT&T and SunPower expect to wirelessly connect at least 100,000 solar systems in the U.S., providing customers with access to system performance through AT&T’s IoT capabilities. The technology collaboration is designed to reduce onsite homeowner visits by allowing SunPower to wirelessly support solar power systems as needed and in near-real time.
“Our IoT solutions help customers remotely monitor cargo, homes, vehicles, containers and also – solar panels,” says Mike Troiano, vice president of IoT at AT&T. “Connectivity is changing how companies operate. We’re thrilled SunPower chose us to give them near-real-time insights into how their solar energy solutions are performing for their customers and the tools to help manage them remotely.”
“Through this IoT collaboration and innovative marketing with AT&T, we are making solar even more mainstream,” says Howard Wenger, SunPower president of business units. “[B]y incorporating AT&T IoT technology into SunPower’s solar energy solutions, we are enabling a future of solar energy management that is reliable, simple, and cost-effective.”