Gaia Power Technologies, a Peekskill, N.Y.-based provider of distributed energy management and storage systems, has formed a partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to maximize the value of residential solar systems in California.
SCE will use Gaia's PowerTower to store electricity generated from residential solar systems and release that electricity during periods of peak power demand to maximize the value of the electricity to the utility and the consumer, the companies say. Several PowerTowers will be installed during the summer of 2007 across SCE's service territory in an effort funded by the CEC.
‘Energy storage is the key to making renewable energy projects a reliable component of our energy infrastructure,’ says Ib Olsen, Gaia's chief technology officer. ‘Our PowerTower systems combine a turnkey, modular design practical for distributed installation with the level of control Southern California Edison needs to maximize the potential of residential PV systems.’