Guest Feature: Off-Grid Residential System in Branson, Missouri

by David Ewing on November 23, 2016 at 2:44 PM

 Aquion Energy’s saltwater battery has gotten a lot of press in the last couple of years for its unique technology, but I think it deserves even more.

I'm just your average homeowner myself, but I've been following solar technology for years wondering when it would be viable for the general public to start generating and consuming our own power instead buying it all from the grid.

In the past, lack of energy storage was always the downfall for off-grid systems: from small residential to commercial microgrids and nanogrids. There were some options available for large-scale commercial projects like flow battery technology, but those were too expensive for normal homes. Available products for residential customers have still been fairly limited, despite the demand and market growth for energy storage. Compatibility with different inverters and charge controllers has also been an issue.

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Why Storage? Part 2: Backup Power & Islanding

by Chris Rigatti on November 17, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Power outages are surprisingly common for homeowners in the US.

This is especially true in densely populated states like California, Texas and New York.  For instance, California alone had over 400 outages in 2015, and nationwide over 13 million people were affected by blackouts lasting an hour or more.

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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.

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Why Storage? Part 1: Solar Self-Consumption

by Matt Maroon on November 1, 2016 at 12:17 PM

A solar system for my home is already a major investment… why would I want to add energy storage to that?

A very common (and valid) question we hear from homeowners… what in the world can I do with batteries in my home that justify the extra hassle and expense of them?  On the surface, most people instantly think of playing the energy arbitrage game: buy energy to charge my batteries when power is cheap and discharge when my utility is charging me a much higher price.

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Santa Clara University Wins for Off-Grid Tiny House with Aquion Batteries

by Claire Juozitis on October 25, 2016 at 2:01 PM

If there’s one thing we’ve always had in America, it’s space. As the saying goes: “100 miles in Europe is a long way, 100 years in America is a long time.” Hundreds of years ago, this desire for room to grow resulted in the “sea to shining sea” mantra. In modern times, it has meant larger and larger homes: the average home in the US is over 2,600 square feet. This is a sizeable expansion from the average of about 1,700 square feet in 1978, despite the average family size becoming smaller.

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