Smart Energy Efficient Sustainable Housing on the Horizon

Solarcity teams up to build Smart Homes
Solarcity teams up to build Smart Homes

The Future for Energy Efficient Sustainable Housing Looks Bright. ( Solar Thermal Magazine)

Homes like phones and appliances are about to become a lot smarter. An energy management system in a well designed, well insulated home can result in minimal energy bills and greater comfort for the occupants. With the inclusion of solar pv and battery storage systems ( like Tesla’s new ones) and a solar thermal hot-water system your home can actually be self sufficient.

All of the pieces for this home of the future today are available and some companies are starting to work together to make smart energy Efficient homes a reality.

As an a example in the U.S,, SolarCity recently announced a smart energy homes demonstration project in partnership with the SunSpec Alliance and Southern California Edison, where SolarCity will install rooftop solar PV, batteries, controllable thermostats, and smart inverters on 50 homes in the Southern California Edison territory. The team will demonstrate how smart energy homes, combining numerous distributed technologies, can be deployed and aggregated to advance the evolution of the electrical grid.

The Benefits.

In addition to driving cost savings for residential customers, SolarCity intends to aggregate the portfolio of the 50 homes to provide distribution grid support as well as ancillary services into the CAISO wholesale market. SolarCity will use the data from the project to demonstrate the magnitude of benefits that these aggregated smart energy homes can offer to customers, the distribution grid, and wholesale markets.

“We plan to demonstrate the magnitude of benefits that smart energy homes, made of numerous aggregated technologies, can offer to customers, the distribution grid, and wholesale markets,” said Ryan Hanley, Senior Director of Grid Engineering Solutions at SolarCity.

We are pleased to partner with the SunSpec Alliance and its member companies on this important project.

About the Project.

A $2 million grant award from the California Energy Commission (CEC) will fund the project, along with another $2 million in match funding from project participants including SolarCity. The project was selected in the CEC’s competitive bid process in response to the State of California’s Program Opportunity Notice (PON-14-303) “Advancing Cleaner, Less Costly, More Reliable Distributed Generation to Enable Customer Solutions and Zero-Net Energy Communities.” SolarCity’s Grid Engineering Solutions team will lead the company’s participation in the project.


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About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.

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