Schneider Electric has launched the Backup Control Switch (BCS) for customers in the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico. With the introduction of the BCS, Schneider Electric provides easier and more flexible solar and battery storage solutions for whole-home and partial-home backup. The BCS is compatible with the XW Pro inverters from Schneider Electric, and it automatically disconnects from the grid in the event of a power outage, allowing the solar and storage system to provide backup power to the home.
Homeowners and businesses increasingly request solar with battery storage systems for backup power. According to the recent U.S. Solar Market Insight report from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association, over 29% of all new behind-the-meter solar systems will include storage by 2025, an increase of over 260% from 2021.
The new Backup Control Switch (BCS) from Schneider Electric offers homeowners and installers flexibility when wiring a home for backup power, while minimizing re-wiring costs. While the XW Pro inverters include an integrated 60 Amp transfer relay, the BCS provides flexibility for up to 200 Amps of backup loads as well as optional configuration for service entrance applications. It is compatible with up to four XW Pro inverters, delivering up to 27 kW continuous and 48 kW peak backup power capability for 120/240 V panels.
“We are committed to supporting homeowners who opt to minimize vulnerabilities to grid failures through energy resilience, while saving on electricity bills with solar energy,” said Bernhard Kiechl, VP of marketing, research & development at Schneider Electric Solar. “The increased stress on our electricity grid, as well as weather and wildfire-related shutdowns, has created a surge in demand for backup power. The BCS will make the installation of solar and storage backup power systems easy.”
The BCS is fully integrated with XW Pro hybrid inverters and accessories such as MPPT charge controllers and Insight Energy Management from Schneider Electric.
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Lonnie W Johnson says
This is a revolutionary product. It will protect consumers as well as the power company. Where can I get one?
Nice, a complete system designed to use Schneider CONEXT series components. One could set up a system for A.C. or D.C. charging of the battery pack and could be set up for a (full) 48kW, 240VAC, 200Amp service panel at the home. IF Simpliphi Power is still doing business, the panel builder function of the company should be able to accommodate. It seems since Briggs & Stratton bought them out, there (may) be a change in the panel builder function and a move to “standardized” ESS blocks. With the added capabilities of the BCS one could build up a micro-grid for their home and resiliency when the grid goes down.