Generac offering low-cost, long-term lease program for new batteries paired with solar in Connecticut

Generac Grid Services, a subsidiary of Generac Power Systems and PosiGen, a provider of residential solar, energy efficiency and energy education for low-to-middle-income residents, announced they will expand access to clean energy storage through a new program that provides battery backup and charge management systems for residents. The program will also feed power back into the grid, increasing grid stability and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

PosiGen said the customer fees for this offering will be nominal.

“We offer our battery storage customers a low cost, long-term lease, based on PosiGen’s existing approach to delivering solar power plus energy efficiency to LMI customers,” said Ben Healey, Chief Commercial Officer at PosiGen.

The program, facilitated by Generac Grid Services, will allow PosiGen’s solar customers in Connecticut to purchase a Generac PWRcell battery and Generac PWRmanager charge management system to interface with existing solar panels to power customers’ homes when the electricity grid goes down. In addition, when connected to the grid and not providing backup power to the home, the PWRcell battery can be configured to return up to 18 kWh of usable energy back to the grid to help manage peak demand. Generac Grid Services will manage and optimize each battery’s contribution to the grid using its Concerto platform for distributed management of energy resources.

“In recent years, PosiGen has served thousands of low- and middle-income homeowners in Connecticut by introducing solar and rooftop energy efficiency measures to help them save money and improve comfort and efficiency. of their homes,” said Tom Neyhart, CEO of PosiGen. “But resilience via battery backup has historically been unattainable. Now, in partnership with Generac, we can deliver a truly holistic package that supports this traditionally underserved population when weather conditions disrupt the network, while also delivering tremendous lasting value to the network as a whole.”

Generac Grid Services and PosiGen plan to repeat the program across the country where there are favorable incentive structures and a strong interest in helping low to middle income customers become more resilient.

“This is an exciting new model that brings all the right players together to deliver an excellent experience to customers with modest resources,” said Bud Vos, president of Generac Grid Services. “Our goal is that many more people in our region will experience the comfort and peace of mind that come with having a resilient – ​​and clean – power source.”

Generac Grid Services is working with utilities to develop effective energy storage solutions (ESS) programs that provide the incentives needed to support this unique offering, potentially including both upfront and performance-based incentives and integration with existing programs. In this pilot, Generac will work with the Connecticut Energy Storage Solutions program, a state program that helps customers install energy storage in their homes or businesses.

“The CT ESS program and focus on paying for distributed value delivered to the network, combined with Generac’s hardware and asset management capabilities, allow us to make this offering work, and we honestly expect the demand will be significant and meaningful investment in growing this program for PosiGen,” said Healey of PosiGen.

In addition, Generac Grid Services and PosiGen will work together to increase customer awareness of the program. In particular, PosiGen expects to offer this new solution to its entire customer base in the state of Connecticut, with an immediate focus on those living in underserved cities and towns, while incorporating the product as a recommended option for any new solar system in the future. it installs in the state.

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