Why Storage? Part 3: Time of Use Optimization

by Matt Maroon on November 29, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Energy storage can do a number of jobs when connected to a solar-enabled residence. 

We’ve already outlined some of the benefits of energy storage when it comes to maximizing solar usage— self-consumption, backup power during  outages, and islanding (increased autonomy).  Another useful application is time of use optimization. For the homeowner, this means using energy from your batteries when variable rates for grid power are high due to increased demand based on time of day/year. Batteries can be charged from the grid overnight when power is cheapest and then, for example, used to power your AC at the hottest (and most expensive) time of day. But, time of use optimization has other major advantages. Did you know that energy storage, even when installed at private residences, can contribute to solving larger grid and environmental issues?  


Building Green with Style: Aquion Home Battery System in Cincinnati, Ohio

by Claire Juozitis on November 11, 2016 at 11:57 AM

Energy storage makes a lot of sense for homeowners. In fact, we’ve just started a blog series on a few of the reasons why.

To prove it further, we decided to write about a recent residential installation in Cincinnati, Ohio. When Casey Moothart and Kerith Spicknall set out to build a home for their family, one of their primary goals was building green. Essentially, they wanted every part of their home to be simultaneously aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient.


Residential Energy Storage in Australia: Maximizing Solar Self-Consumption

by Chris Rigatti on October 19, 2016 at 5:22 PM

Australia is one of the world’s leading markets for solar and energy storage.

The country’s high energy prices, abundant sun, and decreasing feed-in-tariffs (money paid or credit to consumers for excess solar power fed back into the grid) have led more and more consumers to consider batteries.


What to Look for in a Maintenance-Free, Deep-Cycle Battery

by Matt Maroon on July 7, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Who would want a cell phone you couldn’t use when the battery goes below 50%? Or a car you have to fill with gas every time the tank hits half-empty? I wouldn't even buy a cup of coffee if the barista said I could only drink half. So why do people buy so-called deep-cycling lead acid batteries that only let them use half of the battery's capacity? I want a battery that lets me use all of its amp-hours.

Is that too much to ask?


Hawaii After Net Metering

by Paul Ruggiero on October 29, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Earlier this month, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ended its Net Energy Metering program. Homeowners and businesses looking to install rooftop solar now have two new options. What does this mean for the Aloha state? In this blog post, we summarize the changes and talk about how Hawaiians can get more buck for their solar bang.


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