US residential photo voltaic installer Sunnova has utilized to the California Public Utilities Fee (CPUC) to develop a “first-of-its-kind” photo voltaic and storage centered “micro-utility” within the state.
The Texas-based firm has shaped a completely owned subsidiary known as Sunnova Group Microgrids California (SCMC) to personal and function Power as a Service (EaaS) choices, equivalent to power era, storage and distribution infrastructure, all through communities in California.
SCMC will develop “self-sustaining micro-utilities” by equipping communities with photo voltaic and storage that can present prospects with fashionable power providers and infrastructure, enabling them to entry the advantages of fresh power whereas decreasing reliance on fossil fuels and the area’s grid system.
The subsidiary will give attention to newly constructed properties, permitting it to work with builders to design and implement distributed solar-powered microgrids. The brand new group clusters might be known as “Sunnova Adaptive Communities”.
These ‘adaptive communities’ will present customers with the flexibility to supply, share and ship energy generated from native renewable assets concurrently easing strain on the state’s transmission and distribution system.
“Group microgrids are the longer term as they provide the distinctive means to share extra electrical energy, placing the facility within the palms of householders and considerably enhancing the resiliency of communities,” stated William Berger, founder and CEO of Sunnova, which not too long ago recorded its greatest ever quarter by way of gross sales.
“Sunnova is breaking new floor by increasing its distributed power service platform from properties to complete communities.”
Sunnova referenced the Inflation Discount Act, signed into legislation on 17 August by US President Joe Biden, as additional help for its microgrid goals. The Act “brings incentives for renewables and the clear know-how required to observe and management microgrids the place communities share energy and may island from the grid,” Sunnova stated.