Residential battery maker sonnen today launches sonnenConnect, a consumer battery program in California through a partnership with installer Baker Home Energy as part of the PowerOn! Smart Battery Program. sonnen batteries combined with sonnenVPP software will allow customers to earn compensation for feeding power back onto the grid through this virtual power plant model.
sonnen will proactively manage batteries enrolled in the sonnenConnect program by time shifting local stored solar against peak demand periods in response to price signals embedded in time of use rates to minimize customer’s electricity bills. The program features sonnen battery participation in a variety of dynamic grid service markets, producing monthly cash payments for enrolled customers, while helping to decongest and decarbonize California’s energy grid.
The unique combination of proactive bill management and grid services compensation effectively offers a sustainable alternative to net energy metering (NEM) while supporting the broader energy transition in a way solar alone cannot. The impact of grid-interactive smart batteries has already been demonstrated in virtual power plants across the country.
“We are honored to launch sonnenConnect California in partnership with Baker Home Energy’s PowerOn! Program. Baker Home Energy is an industry leading solar contractor, with a reputation for quality, customer service and pioneering new technologies,” said Blake Richetta, Chairman and CEO of sonnen. “With the Baker team’s dedicated initiative to bring this innovation to California’s consumers, I am confident that we will reach the necessary scale of smart, grid interactive batteries in California required to make rolling blackout alerts, like those that we recently experienced, a worry of the past.”
“By leading with the PowerOn! Battery Program, energized by sonnenConnect, Baker Home Energy is changing the way solar is sold in California,” said Mike Teresso, CEO at Baker Home Energy. “We see smart batteries as the heart of a clean energy future and sonnen’s capabilities give us the potential to revolutionize how rooftop PV is sold and utilized in California. sonnenConnect allows us to offer our solar plus battery customers the ultimate combination of lower electric bills, access to backup power resiliency, and ongoing compensation for grid services that offers an alternative to net-metering.”
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