sonnen will be residential battery provider on New York virtual power plant

battery maker suns has signed up as an exclusive energy storage partner for a virtual power plant in Westchester County, New York. The first trial phase of sonnenCommunity New York consists of 200 houses. Non-Profit CCA Sustainable Westchester will partner with sonnen and local solar contractors to build this shippable network asset that will provide homeowners with resilient backup power.

Eligible new and existing solar customers of the sonnenCommunity NY VPP subscription program now have access to a solar + sonnen storage facility. Quest Solar and SunBlue Energy, two regional contractors and installation partners, will lead the local implementation of this program, bringing new and retrofit sales of rooftop solar and sonnen ecoLinx systems to eligible homeowners throughout Westchester. County are being pursued.

Sonnen’s VPP software platform, Logical Buildings, allows a remote scheduling coordinator and aggregator to ship the planned 80 MWh ecoLinx batteries in the sonnenCommunity NY VPP for dynamic participation and monetization in the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)- market. Batteries participating in the program can also provide demand response services to local utility ConEdison, including solar time shifting, reduced demand for peak resources, unclogging the grid during peak periods and lower carbon emissions.

Based on the results of the first Sustainable Westchester pilot, sonnen hopes to expand the project footprint to several Long Island communities, through partnership with similar programs in development. The ultimate goal is to bring 5,000 new solar + storage units quarterly online in the sonnenCommunity NY VPP by 2024.

“By participating in this program, homeowners are not only investing in the resilience and sustainability of their own homes in the face of extreme weather and power outages, they are also contributing to a greener, more sustainable future for their local power grid,” said Blake Richetta , Chairman and CEO of sonnen.

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